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"The unprecedented decline in Muslim fertility," writes Ettinger, "has been driven by modernity (including) accelerated women's rights, urbanization, education, career mentality and family planning."

A June 2012 study by the Washington-based Population Reference Bureau (PRB) supports Ettinger's position. It found that "Seventy-two percent of 15- to 49-year-old Palestinian married women prefer to avoid pregnancy, as do 78 percent in Morocco, 71 percent in Jordan, 69 percent in Egypt and Libya, 68 percent in Syria, 63 percent in Iraq and 61 percent in Yemen." The PRB also states "a growing number of women are using contraception, as family planning services have expanded in the Arab region."

Meanwhile, the birthrate among Israeli women has increased markedly. Ettinger writes of a "robust 66 percent Jewish majority in the combined area of Judea, Samaria and pre-1967 Israel." By contrast, Jews were in the minority in earlier eras, comprising only 9 percent of that region's population in 1900 and 39 percent in 1947. Writes Ettinger: "All doomsday demographic projections have failed due to their reliance on past demographic data, underestimating Jewish fertility, overestimating Arab fertility and discarding the feasibility of significant waves of Aliyah (Jewish immigration)."

Since 2010, five nuclear scientists have been assassinated in Iran. Some believe Israel is somehow responsible, which, according to CBS News.com, prompted the Obama administration to send "strong signals" that the U.S. "did not want Israel to continue the assassinations." Yet, the president has not taken sufficient action to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, which then could be used against Israel. Which deadly outcome is the most egregious?

When it comes to Israel and Crimea, this administration has it backward.


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