Battle of the Wombs

The Future's Numbers Game

"Hopefully the Council will meet a much needed death," said Naomi Chazan, a member of the Knesset from the opposition Meretz Party. "It revives the notion of a womb for hire—I thought that went out with bodices. It is tangibly, patently racist."

For Naomi, the solution to Israel's demographic problems is not to try to defeat the Arabs in a battle of wombs. The answer, she says, is the establishment of a Palestinian state.

"We would not have to worry about being outnumbered if there were two states," she said. "If we want to keep democracy and a Jewish state then we need a Palestinian state. We should be investing in coexistence and not in distorting birth patterns."

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