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Saturday, 13 March 2010


Demography, Geopolitics and the Future of Israel’s Capital: Jerusalem’s Proposed Plan By Nadav Shragai The Jewish majority in Jerusalem is declining due to the mass migration of the Jewish population from Jerusalem together with the migration of an additional Arab population in to Jerusalem. According to the proposed master plan for the city, the planned inventory of Jewish housing does not meet expected needs for 2020, while the planned inventory of Arab housing will suffice until at least 2030. In addition, the proposed master plan will create urban contiguity between eastern Jerusalem neighborhoods and Palestinian neighborhoods outside the city, reinforcing the Palestinian demand to recognize the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem as a single political entity. For the entire Article go to: http://jcpa.org/text/Jerusalem-Master-Plan.pdf For more on Jerusalem please see articles at: http://www.jcpa.org/JCPA/Templates/ShowPage.asp?DBID=1&LNGID=1&TMID=112&FID=568&PID=0&IID=429
Yael, I believe that while much of American Jewry (at least, those of us who have cared to pay attention!) let alone the leadership and people of Israel, have naively and romantically seen - or, wanted to see - the United States as a “friend” of the Jewish state - we have forgotten something very important: In the world of international affairs, allies are only temporary, and nations do not have friends. They have interests. But, whether from economics or demography, or changing currents of political and religious ideology (well, these factors often overlap and are inter-related) “interests” change, and with them, so do allies. By way of illustration, Ruth Wisse’s essay “The Brilliant Failure of Jewish Foreign Policy” (concerning the Jews of Alexandria) states the following: “The Jews had been brought to Elephantine by the Persian government in order to secure the southern border of Egypt, but when there was no longer any need for their services and when, therefore, it no longer paid to defend them, they were abandoned. Similarly, the riots against the Jews in Alexandria in 37 C.E. occurred as a result of the Roman decision to abandon the best friends they had in Alexandria…. [The] Romans operated on the simple principles that politics is the art of the possible, and that the first thing the politician must do is to weigh where the present advantage lies.” Anyway, it’s as presumptuous as it is foolish to predict the future, so the best suggestion I can give is that – above all - one not be surprised. (By the way, good blog.) Yasher koach…

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