Thinking Aloud: Israel’s Other Demographics Problem

Thinking Aloud: Israel’s Other Demographics Problem

Not What You Might Think

July 31, 2014 by Darius

Israel’s domestic “demographics problem,” the prospect of higher birthrates amongst its Arab community diluting the country’s Jewish majority, is well known. Israel is also facing a second “demographics problem,” though, one rather farther from home. According to a new poll released earlier this week, in the United States, support for Israel remains strong but is far weaker among the young and minorities – exactly the groups growing fastest in the US.

Older Americans blame Hamas over Israel for the current conflict at a rate of three to one. Among Americans aged 18 to 29, though, only 21% blame Hamas and 29% blame Israel. (The remainder either said Israel and Hamas share the blame or said they didn’t know.)

Hispanics, too, are much more likely to consider Israel more responsible for the current violence than Hamas. African-Americans are more evenly split.

Israel depends heavily on US…

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