ISRAEL - Thirty-six Percent of Jews Ready to Leave Israel

Arno Froese

Some 36% of secular Israeli Jews would move abroad given the opportunity, according to a poll released by Masa Israeli—Israeli Roots Odyssey ahead of its fourth conference held at the Knesset.

Secular respondents made up the largest group responding in the affirmative to the question: “If you had the possibility of migrating from Israel to another country would you leave?” Some 27% of respondents said they were certain they would leave or think they would.

Those most likely to express a wish to leave were single, secular men between the ages of 23-29.

Another finding of the poll concerns the sense of identity of Israeli Jews. Respondents were asked whether they categorize themselves as Jewish or Israeli. One hundred percent of haredim, 90.3% of religious and 82.9% of traditional respondents overwhelmingly saw themselves as Jewish first. The secular camp was divided, with 53% selecting Jewish and 43.6% Israeli (3% said they did not know, and 4% chose neither)., 20 April 2017

Arno's commentary

Religious Jews understand the significance of residing in the land of Israel, while secular Jews, who do not practice their religion, would rather go somewhere else.

Historically speaking, this is not surprising, because newcomers—no matter who they are and where they go—will always be disappointed when they arrive in the new country, but time takes care of that matter. The fact that young people want to leave Israel reveals their adventurous spirit.

This writer has experienced a “new country” three times: 1) West Germany, 2) Australia, and 3) the USA. To go to a new place, to a new country is exciting, but then to stay there is a totally different matter. That, of course can only be comprehended by those who have migrated somewhere.

The Bible pictures a different story, because all Jews will live in the land of Israel, and that will be the time when they shall know the Lord. “Then shall they know that I am the Lord their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there” (Ezekiel 39:28).

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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