RE­AL­ITY OF ALIYAH

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT -

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

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