Members“Without a Plan For the Future, Our Children Will Leave Israel”

An Israeli futurist speaks about the problems facing the country in the next 100 years, and why Israel must plan for them now

By Aviel Schneider | | Topics: Israel
"By the end of the 21st century, Israel will be home to 24 million people." Downtown Jerusalem.
"By the end of the 21st century, Israel will be home to 24 million people." Downtown Jerusalem. Photo: Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90

Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, is said to have invited famed statistician Prof. Roberto Bachi to his home prior to the Declaration of Independence and informed him of the intention to establish the State of Israel. Prof. Bachi, who would later go on to found Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics, conducted a study that he presented to Ben-Gurion a few months after that meeting. According to Bachi, by the year 2000, this new State of Israel would still be able to accommodate only a few million people, not more. His recommendation was against founding a state. Back then, some 600,000 Jews lived in the country. Today, the overall population is nine million.

“By the end of the 21st century, 24 million people will live in Israel,” says Prof. David Passig’s prognosis. He is an Israeli futurist specializing in technological, social and educational futures. “And overpopulation will not be the primary problem.” Most think that looking 100 years into the future is a waste of time. After all, none of us will be around. “But if...

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