Jewish Agency chairman Isaac Herzog said last week that Israel’s well-publicized relative success in battling the pandemic is one reason for the high-level interest.
By David Isaac, World Israel News — Following the Jewish Agency’s estimation that the worldwide pandemic will lead to a large wave of Jewish immigration to Israel from the Diaspora, representatives of various aliyah groups met for an emergency meeting last week, Makor Rishon reports.
Jewish Agency chairman Isaac Herzog reportedly expects that up to 100,000 people may leave their home countries for Israel, or make aliyah (literally “ascent”), once the current global health emergency is under control.
Groups participating in the meeting included the Jewish Agency, the World Zionist Organization, Nefesh B’Nefesh, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, Ofek Israeli and Nativ.
The meeting’s participants discussed the large number of applications from prospective immigrants that they’ve been receiving. A representative of Nativ, which is responsible for aliyah from the Commonwealth of Independent States, the post-Soviet republics, said that the group has received 20,000 applications. It received 6,000 before corona hit.
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