Israelis Want Out
By Stephen Lendman
| On December 15, Haaretz said “almost 40 percent of Israelis are thinking of emigrating.” |
Recent poling said they’d leave if financially able.
Who are they? Why do they want out? What can be done to keep them?
Israeli governance combines militarism, repression, corruption, and neoliberal harshness.
Many of Israel’s best and brightest leave. New Central Bureau of Statistics data said last
They’re in no rush to return. Many never do. Current data confirm a long recognized brain
Israel tries hard to woe valued emigres back. Efforts so far fell short.
A 2008 Menachem Begin Heritage Center survey showed 59% of Israelis consider emigrating. They do so by inquiring about foreign citizenship and second passports. Growing numbers hold them.
Bar-Ilan University researchers say over 100,000 Israelis hold German passports. Thousands
America is a popular choice. Over half a million Israelis hold US passports. Thousands of
In 2005, the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics said 650,000 Israelis away for over a year
Growing numbers remaining are ideologically committed. Many are extremists. Others are
Gideon Levy once said, “If our forefathers dreamt of an Israeli passport to escape from Europe,
It’s “an irony of history, because Israel was established to become a shelter” (for Jews). Now
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