INDIA - Agreement to Send Workers to Israel

Arno Froese

In May 2023, negotiations between the Israeli and Indian governments for the arrival of 10,000 Indian workers, split between the construction and nursing industries, were first reported.

However, the current crisis and subsequent shortage of approximately 100,000 workers in the construction industry were unforeseen at that time. 

MK Eliyahu Revivo, chairman of the Foreign Workers Committee, who led the efforts to finalize the agreement, expressed his satisfaction, stating, “We worked tirelessly to secure this agreement, which serves as a lifeline for the construction and nursing industries in our complicated reality.”

The agreement’s appendix outlines its purpose, stating, “The agreement, subject to government approval, aims to establish a bilateral framework for the recruitment of foreign workers from India.”

“It also aims to protect their rights in compliance with labor laws, subject to the regulations and procedures applicable in each country. The agreement further emphasizes that the foreign workers entering Israel under this agreement must receive appropriate training for their respective fields, as stipulated in the implementing arrangements. They must also fully comprehend their obligations and rights in Israel, including their duty to return to their home country upon the completion of their legal work period in Israel.”, 22 November 2023

Arno's Commentary

In view of the Hamas-implemented atrocities on 7 October 2023, and Israel calling to arms some 360,000 reservists, many places of employment are left vacant. So, foreign workers are welcomed. 

What is interesting is that this development of labor shortages is also being experienced by countries not at war. reveals statistics about global labor shortages.
2018    45%
2019    54%

Then, after the pandemic:
2021    69%
2022    75%
2023    77% (labor shortage globally)

Even in the most populous country in the world, China, we read: “A U.S. geographer and noted authority on China’s urbanization seeks to explain the apparent paradox between reported recent shortages of migrant labor in cities in eastern China's export-oriented manufacturing belt and the abundant supply of labor in China’s rural areas.”

Indeed, this is a paradox. The labor force has increased dramatically for the last 100 years: from about 2 billion people at the beginning of the 1900s, to almost 8 billion now. Moreover, in light of the Industrial Revolution, the agricultural sector, which once employed over 90% of the population, has now decreased to 1-2%. Women in the labor force were rare a century ago; today, a statistic states, “Women account for 47.7% of the global labor force.” Experts in the field do not present a united opinion, for there are multiple reasons. 

From a Biblical perspective, we see the increasing fulfillment of Scriptures such as Revelation 18:3: “For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.” We note, “…the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.” The Greek Bible dictionary identifies the last word as “straining, strenuous, or strength, and figuratively, luxury.” While there seems to be much discontent among people in our days, most do not realize that we never had so many riches of merchandise at our disposal than ever before in history. People are indoctrinated from the media, which promises them satisfaction, peace, and happiness with the purchase of certain products—mostly, things we don’t need.

This Bible verse exemplifies the times in which we live. Verse 7b reveals the spirit of luxurious, merchandise-loving, end-time humanity: “for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.” That prophecy is in the process of fulfillment today.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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