ISRAEL - 90,000 Immigrants Expected

Arno Froese

Minister of Aliyah and Integration Pnina Tamano-Shata said that the latest forecasts estimate that 90,000 new immigrants will arrive in Israel from around the world in the next 18 months.

The Jewish Agency, Nefesh B’Nefesh, Qalita and other organizations dealing with aliyah have all stated of late that the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted a large spike in the number of Jews around the world who have expressed heightened interest in immigrating to Israel.

Speaking in the Knesset Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Committee, Minister of Aliyah and Integration Pnina Tamano-Shata also said that she has instructed the ministry to draw up a five-year plan for immigration and absorption and said that she has made it a primary goal to encourage aliyah from around the world.

During the hearing, the minister said she also intends to bring all remaining members of the Falash Mura community in Ethiopia to Israel, stating that it was an “injustice that screams to the heavens.” Tamano-Shata is herself of Ethiopian descent., 17 June 2020

Arno's commentary

For over a century, Jews have been returning to the land of Israel. The first wave was around 1882, mainly from the Russian Empire. This was followed by the second Aliyah in 1904-1914, when 40,000 Jews migrated from Russia to Israel. The Jewish Virtual Library states that 6.8 million Jews are in Israel. Only 72 years ago—in 1948, when Israel was established—approximately 800,000 Jews resided in the land. 

Another important issue is life expectancy: “The World Health Organization issued a report in May 2016 that concluded humans were on average living 5 years longer than they were in 2000. Israel was ranked as the country with the 8th highest life expectancy in the world, better than the United States, Canada, France, Russia, and other highly developed nations. Life expectancy in 2020 was 83.5 years for all Israelis” (

Coronavirus, as the article states, is a contributing factor for Jews to return to the land of their ancestors.

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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