Middle East Come One, Come All

Soviet emigres continue to flood Israel, but many find themselves overqualified and underhoused

No, it is not true that every Soviet Jew who has emigrated to Israel this year has been met at the airport by the entire Knesset. But the welcome mat has been impressive enough. Israel State Television briefly added Cyrillic subtitles to its evening newscasts, and the daily newspaper Ma'ariv plans to start a Russian-language edition this summer. Banks place Russian-language ads in their front windows and offer special inducements to newcomers. Ryzshinka, a yogurt-like Russian drink, is now available, packaged in a bottle sporting (yes) red and gold, the colors of the Soviet flag.

So far this year, 41,578 Soviet...

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