The Jewish state of Israel, as most people know, is not as Jewish as some Israelis would like or would have us believe. Israeli Arabs and Christians make up about one million of the Israeli population and with a much larger birth rate amongst the Arab population, Israel Jews might not remain the largest population group on 20 years time. Given these difficulties, Israel has always welcomed Jews from around the world, including some rather more unusual Jewish sects (particularly from Ethiopia) which have little to do with Judaism as Israels would recognise it, in order to bolster the Jewish population in Israel. However, this inward migration of Jews is on the decline.
The population situation should focus Israeli minds on getting a peace deal on the most favourable terms now. But will it. The figures show that Israeli occupied Palestinian areas have a further 4 million non Jewish residents, and if you take just a few hundred thousand of these in to Israel on redrawn boundaries, which is what the Israelis seem to want, then it will put Israels Jewish population under further strain.
The problem for Israel is with it's bizarre list system of proportional representation, minority parties and hardliners hold the whip hand meaning Israeli never have the guts to do the right thing either for the Jews or the Arabs.
perhaps the population situation will focus minds because a solution to the problems in the holy land are not only desirable for the Middle East, but also in the fight against terrorism worldwide. At this time of year too, it is an absolute tragedy that the holy land is still under the shadow of guns.