FUNDAMENTALLY FREUND: How to double the Aliyah rate to Israel
Aliyah has always been the lifeblood of the nation, so it is essential that steps be taken to significantly boost the rate of immigration, as this will ensure that the country continues to prosper.
At first glance, the statistics published last week by the Jewish Agency regarding the number of people who immigrated to Israel in 2018 would appear to be quite encouraging, ostensibly providing some welcome good news.
According to the data, immigration rose by 5% over the previous year, from 28,220 arrivals in 2017 to 29,600 last year. In addition, the number of newcomers from Russia soared by 45%, while the tally of those making the journey from Argentina increased by a healthy 17%.
It is, of course, tempting to sit back, look at these figures and relish the idea that Israel continues to serve as a magnet for Jews worldwide.
But facts are stubborn things, as John Adams noted in 1770, “and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”
In this instance, when one takes a closer look at aliyah figures, “the state of facts and evidence” is actually quite disturbing.