2016 Annual Assessment

Annual Assessment 2016

Dr. Shlomo Fischer

Avinoam Bar-Yosef, Susanne Cohen-Weisz, Rémi Daniel, Chaya Ekstein, Dan Feferman, Avi Gil, Inbal Hakman, Michael Herzog, Simon Luxemburg, David Landes, Dov Maimon, Steven Popper, Uzi Rebhun, Shmuel Rosner, John Ruskay, Noah Slepkov, Shalom Solomon Wald, Einat Wilf

Barry Geltman
Rami Tal

2016 Annual Assessment

1     “Any Jew who wishes to immigrate to Israel will be welcomed with open arms and warm and accepting hearts. They will not arrive in a foreign land but rather the land of our forefathers. God willing, they will come and many of you will come to the home of all of us.” From: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks at the Grand Synagogue of Paris on January 11, 2015.
2     Government of Israel, Government Resolution No. 1736: http://www.pmo.gov.il/Secretary/GovDecisions/2014/Pages/dec1736.aspx
Government of Israel, Government Resolution No. 1737: http://www.pmo.gov.il/Secretary/GovDecisions/2014/Pages/dec1737.aspx
Government of Israel, Government Resolution No. 2225: http://www.pmo.gov.il/SecretaryGovDecisions/2010/Pages/des2025.aspx
Government of Israel, Government Resolution No. 2446:
3     According to an as-yet-unpublished survey commissioned by Qualita (an umbrella organization for Francophone olim), French immigrants’ level of satisfaction with Israeli employment-absorption services is low (3 on a scale of 10); most olim are interested in vocational training and many are uninformed about the existence of training program vouchers.
4     Although the research findings may seem unrealistic (over 75% of French Jews are considering emigration) and inconsistent with current Aliyah rates, they nevertheless indicate uncertainty regarding destinations and the existence of a potentially significant pool of individuals eligible for Aliyah who are open to hearing about their options in Israel.
The IFOP study: http://www.ifop.fr/media/pressdocument/883-1-document_file.pdf.
The IPSOS study: http://www.fondationjudaisme.org/wp-content/uploads/PRESENTATION-GLOBALE-ENQUETE.pdf.
In 2012, 49% of French Jews expressed interest in emigrating due to concerns about personal security (per a study by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights): http://fra.europa.eu/en/publications-and-resources/data-and-maps/survey-data-explorer-discrimination-and-hate-crime-against
5     According to a position paper by Qualita (an umbrella organization for Francophone olim) that was submitted to Absorption Minister Ze’ev Elkin in May 2016.
6     Deloitte Information Technologies Israel Ltd. The Economic Impact of Nefesh B’Nefesh Aliyah on the State of Israel, October, 2009, p. 4.
7     Courtesy of Qualita.
8     On relocating companies from France and creating thousands of new workplaces suited to olim, see the Jewish People Policy Institute’s innovative plan: http://jppi.org.il/uploads/Plan%20for%20Immigration%20from%20France-En.pdf