Israel: A Tide of Hope

As 1 million Soviet Jews head for their new homeland, they fulfill a Zionist dream but promise to transform the nation

They are coming in droves, a tide of migration that does not stop. Every few hours another El Al airliner wings into Ben Gurion airport from transit points in Europe, bringing 2,000 or 3,000 or 3,500 Soviet Jews each day. Since Moscow substantially eased exit rules in late 1989, the wave of immigrants has brought 185,000 Jews to Israel, the most since 1949, when the country was one year old and Holocaust survivors were fleeing the killing grounds of Europe. Before the flood stops, it is expected to deposit 1 million people in Israel (pop. 4.8 million), enough potential voters to...

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