|Date: 10/07/2012 Time: 11:05:00 PM
Israeli President Shimon Peres said on Tuesday the
settlement-building served a demographic threat to Israel as a Jewish state.
"Israeli settlement in territories densely populated by an Arab population
could bring about a threatening demographic change; that is, it could endanger
the Jewish majority in Israel" Peres said at a ceremony to commemorate
Theodore Hertzl, who is the founder of Zionism.
He said it was doubtful that a Jewish State without a Jewish majority can
remain Jewish, Jerusalem Post reported.
Peres' comments came a day after the Israeli government published a report
by a three-member legal panel, which called for the legalization of West Bank
The report said Israel could build new settlements in the West Bank and it
urged it to transform the outposts into such settlements, unless there were
private property issues involved.