"Blessed is the hareidi birthrate," stated Member of Knesset Meir Porush (United Torah Judaism Party) on Wednesday. "This preserves the demographic balance of the Jewish State of Israel. It should be encouraged," he added. MK Porush made the comments in response to a speech by outgoing bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer. On Tuesday Governor Fischer stated at an economic conference at the Interdisciplinary Center of Herzliya that he was concerned about the high birthrate of hareidi Israelis. He also commented on poverty and unemployment within the hareidi sector. MK Yaakov Asher (United Torah Judaism Party) added that Governor Fischer's words could be construed as derogatory against the hareidi public. He stated, "demographics are not always built according to the preferred economic data of the Bank of Israel or Finance Ministry."