…There is a real danger from wishful thinking and comforting platitudes and it is this: that needful action is not taken and that, consequently, future generations have to deal with the consequences of human numbers several billions greater than the world can provide for.
…generally the best system is one where a basic allowance of water is provided for a small and fixed fee, or even perhaps free, with higher charges for those who use more water. And that’s just what Ireland is introducing: which opens the question of why people are so up in arms about it that they’re threatening citizen action up to the point of being willing to go to jail over it.
Prof. Avi Simhon, The Knesset channel, April 29, 2010 Today, Chair of the National Council for Economics in the Prime Minister’s Office.
…. The state cannot take care of a family with 15 children. People need to act responsibly…. A family of eight children needs to behave responsibly. If we didn’t need to expand all of our resources on these families, we would have much more to give those that truly need.
Prof. Avi Simhon, The Shderot Society Confernece, November 9, 2010, Today, Chair of the National Council for Economics in the Prime Minister’s Office.
The leaders of the state need to say to the people produce so many children: “This is irresponsible, you are haring your children and your families. You are acting irresponsibly to your environment.” I suggest that anyone that has a stage and a microphone tell these segments of the population: “You are not all right…. The more people, the higher the prospects of falling below the poverty line.” It’s hard for the state to worry about families with many children to preserve them above the poverty line. We are growing at a tremendous rate. We are a very crowded country. Even the Negev is not so empty. No one pays attention to this point… There is no developed country in the world that comes close to the birth rates of Israel. The tendency to have many children has taken root. The number of Haredi children has grown three-fold since the 1960s – then there were 2.6 children – less than secular physicians. Today the number is greater than seven. Families with more than seven children cost the country a fortune.
Avi Simhon, July 28, 2011
A woman who brings eight children into the world commits a sin to her children and to the entire society. I believe, in general, that the humans seek not to cause damage to those around them. And if only our leaders could find the strength, if intellectuals and opinion leaders could raise the problem in its full force and bring it on to the public agenda – not as a conflict between different societal factions, but thinking of the good of society as a whole – the comprehension would begin to percolate beyond the national and religious obstacles.
Dr. Eliyahu Ben Moshe, former Deputy Director of the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics, and Hebrew University Lecturer, 2011,
In Israel, every wage-earner needs to finance more people than in any other developed country (where their dependency ration is less than 500 per thousand.) The high dependency ratio in Israel derives from the high rate of children. After three decades where the dependency ratio steadily dropped from 700 per 100 in 1970 to the level of 600 per 1000 recently. Yet this ratio is likely to climb within only 12 years, back to the level of 700 per thousand. This means that during the coming years, every person who is working will need to support more people from the fruit of his labors. Only a steep drop in the fertility rate can prevent this increase.
Yaakov Litzman, Minister of Health, at Bank of Israel, 2010
Bnei Brak competes with Jerusalem for the number one poverty position. But the fact is that in Bnei Brak there are 80 percent families where one of the parents does not work. It is impossible to demand that both parents should go to work. After all, there children at home. The cause of poverty is not the parents who don’t work but the children. The only way to assist is through child allowances. There is no other solution. If you want to say that there is no need for so many children – we have an entirely different story. But there are those who don’t want to say it.
…In an ever more crowded world, it is time to end the system whereby the majority subsidizes the minority who choose to have large families. We don't need more people. Childcare and other state support should be limited to the first two children.
Professor Ephraim Yaar, 1999
In a democratic state, the general ethical system and public good are more important than the specific values of a particular group. Accordingly, there is no justification for the state to grant incentives for having children in cases where the families are motivated by religious values oe even if discontinuing the incentives will not, in and of itself, prevent the practice of having many children in such families. But if the ultra-Orthodox community aspires to maintain a lifestyle according to its values, it needs to be sure that the funding to provide its needs comes from a voluntary basis, as is accepted in other societies, whereby religious communities, such as the Catholics in the United States or the Ultra-Orthodox in the same country in other states.
Professor Alon Tal, Chair, Department of Public Policy, Tel Aviv University, and Co-Chair, Israel Forum for Population, Environment Society, 2017.
"In the not-too-distant yesteryear, infant and childhood mortality was high everywhere in the world, especially in the land of Israel. The physical security of Jews and the other people living there was perennially precarious. In those days, “being fruitful” was a sound individual and national strategy. But those days belong to a past that will not return. Offering Israel’s offspring a chance to live well and not merely survive tomorrow means stabilizing population today. It also means recognizing that the greatest blessing of the modern age is the opportunity to celebrate the quality rather than the quantity of life. "