Israeli commentators are blaming a particularly cold and rainy winter that didn't provide many chances to get out of the house for a mini-baby boom as the summer months come to an end.
Hospitals across the country reported as much as a 20 percent increase in births in August and September from the previous year. In other words, thousands more babies were born at the close of this summer than were born at the same time in 2011.
Seems increased rainfall does indeed bring a double blessing for Israel.
One of the primary challenges many will say Israel faces is demographics. Some politicians argue that Israel has no choice but to surrender its biblical heartland because otherwise the Jewish state would face demographic demise.
But recent studies have shown that the Jewish birthrate is far outstripping the Arab birthrate, and that is to say nothing of the thousands of Jews who return from the Diaspora to their ancient homeland every year.
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