A nurse holds a newborn baby at a nursery in Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem September 10, 2015. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
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The number of Jews and Palestinians between the Mediterranean Sea and Jordan River is at or near parity, figures cited by Israeli officials show, raising questions whether Israel can remain a democracy if it keeps territory where Palestinians seek a state.With talks over a "two-state solution" frozen since 2014, some argue that if Israel becomes a binational state through annexation of land seized 51 years ago, it could one day be forced to choose between remaining a democracy or securing a Jewish majority by denying Palestinians the vote.Taking the higher end of the Israeli figures cited and adding them to the 1.84 million Palestinians living inside Israel, according to Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics, would bring the total number of Palestinians in Israel and the Israeli-occupied territories to around 6.5 million.
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