ISRAEL: Leaving the Land off Zion

In a disturbing exodus, Jews are emigrating in record numbers

For most Israelis it was a week of unrelieved bad news. The inflation rate rose to a peak of 133%. The coalition government of Prime Minister Menachem Begin threatened to fall apart again over disputed cuts in defense spending. Angry squatters completed a tent settlement in Jerusalem to protest the housing shortage. Most disturbing of all, however, was a revelation in a parliamentary debate: more citizens are leaving Israel than at any time since the country was founded 32 years ago, on the very principle of the Jews' return to...

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