Israeli Leftists want to stop ultra-Orthodox from having childrenNeve Gordon. Gordon is the chairman of the political science department at Ben Gurion University. He's back in the news again because of this piece he penned for al-Jazeera along with Yinon Cohen, another anti-Israeli Israeli. Gordon and Cohen are decrying the success of Israel's 'settlement project' due to the high reproductive rate of the 'settlements' ultra-Orthodox residents.
The ultra-Orthodox towns in Judea and Samaria are mostly right along the 1949 armistice lines, namely Beitar Ilit and Kiryat Sefer. If there is ever an arrangement with the 'Palestinians,' the border could easily be adjusted to keep the thousands of people in those two towns in their homes.
The only other place I can think of in Judea and Samaria with a large ultra-Orthodox population is Emmanuel. Emmanuel is much further away from the 1949 armistice lines, but also has a much smaller population than either of the two towns mentioned.
Gordon glosses over two bigger 'problems' that are likely to both made the 'settlement project' a success, and ultimately make the State of Israel a much more religious state.
First, the national religious population of Judea and Samaria (to whom most Israelis would not refer as ultra-Orthodox) also reproduces at a much higher rate than either the Arabs or the denizens of North Tel Aviv.
Second, the ultra-Orthodox are currently the most rapidly growing part of the population, and if present trends continue could reach 40-50% in the next 20 years. Ultimately, the growth of the ultra-Orthodox population could change the country's character.
Personally, I'd be happy to live in a country in which the ultra-Orthodox and the national religious revenants play the dominant role. Perhaps Neve Gordon will leave.