In an article for PJ Media entitled "Israel at a Point of No Return - In the Right Direction," David P. Goldman, who is a Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research and Associate Fellow at the Middle East Forum, points out that this is what is beginning to take place in the nation of Israel. At a time when advanced industrial nations are becoming more secular and experiencing what demographer Phillip Longman refers to as a "Global Baby Bust", Israel is growing increasingly religious and demographically prolific.
The latter factor is seen as a sign of optimism and hope for the future in a population. Indeed, there is good reason for them to have hope. Israel is becoming an economic powerhouse where new business start-ups are everywhere. It is also leading the way in developing modern technology, second only to the U.S. in new patents. All this would be amazing enough if it were only the Jews that were being lifted up by this progress. What is even less well known is that these developments are also benefiting the Arab population under Israeli rule. As Goldman points out:
This national religious revival is not occurring at the expense of Israeli or West Bank Arabs. On the contrary, the Arab population between the River and the Sea is flourishing as no modern Arab population ever did. A fifth of Israel's medical students are Arab, as are a third of the students at the University of Haifa. Ariel University across the "Green Line" in Samaria, the "settler's university," is educating a whole generation of West Bank Arabs. The campus is full of young Arab women in headscarves, and the local Jewish leadership reaches out to Arab villages to recruit talented students. Israel's expanding economy has a bottomless demand for young people of ability and ambition.
Goldman also points out that this development has important implications for Christians and other people of faith: