Middle East Exodus to the Promised Land

A record flood of Soviet immigrants delights Israel, but Arabs fear that the newcomers will be settled in the West Bank

Jetliners from Europe roar into Israel's Ben-Gurion International Airport almost every day, delivering thousands of Soviet Jews to their new homeland. The immigrants trudge wearily into the terminal, to be met by whirling circles of young people from the Orthodox B'nai Akiva movement who are singing and dancing their welcome. Then, in the coming days, in an exercise they are only too familiar with from life in the Soviet Union, the newcomers form long lines outside the office of the Absorption Ministry. When they reach the heads of the queues, they receive instructions on how to sign up for a rent...

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