REALITY OF ALIYAH
I read with interest Ze’ev Portner’s piece about the problems for British olim in Israel ( JC, September 25). He quotes Michael Oren that 70 per cent of olim return to the US and Canada within five years.
From my experience of mixing with many Anglo olim in Israel, I would question the veracity of these figures.
I have been living in Israel for 17 years, having made aliyah from the UK. Returning olim whether to the UK, US, Canada, or elsewhere have been a very small minority. There are also many success stories. This does not mean that it’s all plain sailing, but where is it? And often, aliyah failures are down to misplaced expectations.
From the article, it would seem that aliyah is a failing process and one not worth doing under current circumstances. In my personal experience, this is far from the truth. Yoni Palmer Bet Shemesh, Israel