Real Numbers

Yisrael Medad,

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Yisrael Medad
I am a resident of Shiloh, with my wife and children, and now grandchildren, since 1981, having come on Aliyah in 1970. I have served in a volunteer capacity as a Yesha Council spokesperson, twice a member of Amana's secretariat, Benjamin Regional Council plenum member and mayor of Shiloh. I was a parliamentary aide for Geula Cohen and two other MKs, an advisor to a Minister, vice-chairman and executive director of Israel's Media Watch and was Information and Content Resource coordinator for the Begin Heritage Center. I am now Deputy Editor of the critical edition in anthology of Jabotinsky's writing in English.

At the web site of the Reform Movement's Religious Action Center I found this at the section entitled: The Core of the Matter: Borders and Settlements

According to a 2004 URJ resolution on challenges facing Israel, “demographic realities reveal that Israeli settlements in the territories complicate the feasibility of a two-state solution, the only solution that provides for a democratic Jewish state of Israel living in peace and security.” This is why the URJ has called upon Israel to take the “politically wise and morally right action” of freezing settlement construction.

That was from just over a year ago, authored, it appears, by Jacob Kraus.

In other words, there are too many Arabs.

Of course, that would sound racist to many fellow liberals, as most Reform Jews seem to be.

Be that as it may, the real question is: are the realities of the demographics as portrayed?  Or if in another five years they alter quite in favor of a strong Jewish majority, what then?

Will Reform Judaism reverse its opposition to the resettlement by Jews of Judea and Samaria?

Is there Zionism so whimsical as to be not one of principle but of numbers?

But real numbers?