ISRAEL: Absorbing an Aliyah

Twelve years ago, David Ben-Gurion, who was then Israel's Premier, advised his countrymen to prepare for what would "possibly be the greatest event in our history." He was referring to the "great day" when the gates of Israel would be opened to accept masses of Soviet Jews. Ben-Gurion's prophecy is now coming true: the gates are indeed swinging wide for the largest wave of Russian Jews to leave their homeland since the days of the czarist pogroms. Last year 15,000 arrived, against only 1,000 in 1970; this year, 45,000 are expected. If...

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