Della Pergola: why Israel wants a “small State”


Italo-Israeli academic Sergio Della Pergola explains that, on the basis of current demographic trends, which show that immigration levels are lower than in earlier decades, Jews risk becoming a minority in their own country – and that Israel’s leaders, before Hamas’s victory in the Palestinian elections, have therefore begun to wonder if it might not be better to retreat into a more small-scale, democratic Jewish State rather than pursue the plan of a larger State.

Italo-Israeli academic Sergio Della Pergola explains that, on the basis of current demographic trends, which show that immigration levels are lower than in earlier decades, Jews risk becoming a minority in their own country – and that Israel’s leaders, before Hamas’s victory in the Palestinian elections, have therefore begun to wonder if it might not be better to retreat into a more small-scale, democratic Jewish State rather than pursue the plan of a larger State.

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