The Land Is Full

May 3, 2016

Israel faces unprece­dent­ed social and envi­ron­men­tal crises: pover­ty and inequal­i­ty in the Jew­ish state have reached excep­tion­al dimen­sions, while eco­log­i­cal indi­ca­tors reflect bur­geon­ing pol­lu­tion lev­els, dwin­dling nat­ur­al resources and bio­di­ver­si­ty col­lapse. Pub­lic pro­test­ers demand change and gov­ern­ment min­istries sug­gest sundry solu­tions, but these respons­es only address symp­toms. The fun­da­men­tal cause of Israel’s most acute prob­lems is some­thing that few Jews or Israelis are will­ing to open­ly dis­cuss: over­pop­u­la­tion. The tiny land of Israel already shows signs it can no longer sup­port the grow­ing num­ber of peo­ple who live there, with qual­i­ty of life suf­fer­ing significantly.

Based on years of research, envi­ron­men­tal leader and aca­d­e­m­ic Alon Tal pro­vides a com­pelling and acces­si­ble look at over­pop­u­la­tion’s alarm­ing impact on Israel today. The Land Is Full details the his­toric fac­tors lead­ing to Israel’s extra­or­di­nary pop­u­la­tion growth and pro­pos­es a blue­print for chang­ing Israel’s demo­graph­ic poli­cies if the coun­try is to attain a sus­tain­able and sta­ble future. This is a book that will change the dis­course about Zion­ism and Israel’s future, redefin­ing the most press­ing chal­lenges con­fronting the Jew­ish State.