Reshuffling the Demographic Cards in Israel/Palestine
After analyzing the data from the 1997 Palestinian census, this article looks at the likely demographic evolution in Israel/Palestine as a whole and within Israel proper (pre-1967 borders), both with regard to the Jewish and Arab populations and within the Jewish segment on the basis of geographic origin (Ashkenazi and Mizrahim). Finally, a few observations are made regarding the political consequences of demographic developments.
Youssef Courbage, director of research at France's National Institute of Demographic Studies (INED) in Paris, is the author, with Philippe Fargues, of Christians and Jews in Islam (London and New York: I. B. Tauris, 1997). An earlier version of this article appeared in the winter 1999 issue of our sister publication, Revue d'études Palestiniennes.