ISRAEL - Aliyah Up 128% for Jewish Year

Arno Froese

Israel absorbed 60,000 new olim over the past Jewish year and expects to see the total reach 65,000 by the end of 5782, a 128% increase compared with 2021, when 28,500 Jews immigrated to Israel.

The country from where the most immigrants came over the past year was Russia with 47%. That was followed by Ukraine at 25%, the US 6%, France 4%, and Ethiopia 2%. Some 12% arrived from other countries.

Operation “Olim Return Home,” the drive to absorb immigrants from the countries directly affected by the Russian-Ukraine war, saw 39,214 immigrants arrive since February, including 11,191 from Russia and 7,513 from Ukraine. 

Aliyah and Integration Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata noted that the organizations reached out beyond just the Jewish community, and how “they did not only save those who are entitled to immigrate to Israel through the Right of Return law but anyone who needed help.”

“There is a change of consciousness in Israeli society,” the minister said. “Once Israelis thought that the Aliyah Ministry was sort of a ‘stepchild,’ an unimportant ministry,” and that immigrants were not well treated. She noted how when she made aliyah at age three from Ethiopia, “I suffered from discrimination growing up.”, 19 September 2022

Arno's Commentary

The Jewish population in Israel continues to increase unabated. There are multiple reasons; in this case, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Here the words of Jeremiah are applicable: “Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land assuredly with my whole heart and with my whole soul. For thus saith the Lord; Like as I have brought all this great evil upon this people, so will I bring upon them all the good that I have promised them” (Jeremiah 32:41-42).

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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