October 24, 2006

Israeli-American Nobel winner doubts Israel's long-term survival (Professor Robert (Yisrael) Aumann)

He doesn't have a crystal ball, folks, so we don't know if he will be proven right or proven wrong, but his theories behind his claims require further thought and discovery. Professor Robert (Yisrael) Aumann, the Israeli-American scholar who won the Nobel Prize for economics last year, said this week that Israel may not be capable of continuing to exist in the long-term.

"Too many Jews don't understand why they are here," said Aumann, who moved from the United States to Israel in the 1950s and helped found the Center for Rationality at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, an interdisciplinary research body that focuses on game theory.

"If we don't understand why we are here, and that we are not America or just a place in which to live, we will not survive," he said in a speech at the College of Judea and Samaria in Ariel on Sunday. "The desire to live like all the nations will sustain us maybe another 50 years, if we are still here."

The rest of Aumann's thought-provoking comments here.