Jerusalem—A Jewish majority in the State of Israel is more important than safeguarding the biblical land of Israel, incoming Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said on Thursday.
The statement underscored Olmert’s push to set Israel’s borders, which he has pledged to do by the end of his term in 2010.
Olmert said he had been among those who had dreamed that all of the biblical land of Israel would be part of the nation.
Nevertheless, he said, “Even if the Jewish eye fills with tears, and the heart is torn, we must safeguard the principle . . . [of keeping] a solid and stable Jewish majority in our state.”
Some experts have said that the demographic argument is false since new studies have shown that the Palestinian population in the Gaza Strip and West Bank is actually much smaller than was previously believed and the Jewish population is growing.