Nefesh B'Nefesh chairman, former Israeli ambassador to the US Danny Ayalon, said he believed immigration from North America would only increase over the next few years: "We're at the start of an era during which immigration from North America will reach unprecedented proportions."
A specially chartered El-Al flight carrying 220 new immigrants from North America landed in Tel Aviv yesterday morning, and the group was greeted by some 800 Israelis, including Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, in a festive ceremony at the airport. According to former Israeli ambassador to the United States Danny Ayalon, the numbers of Anglo immigrants to Israel will continue to grow significantly over coming years. "We're at the start of an era during which immigration from North America will reach unprecedented proportions," he said. Over 2,200 Jewish immigrants from North America and the United Kingdom are expected to land in Israel this summer alone. Over the past five years, the number of olim - Jewish immigrants returning to their homeland - from the United States and Canada has increased by some 80 percent.
(Source: ICEJ News)
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