Yoram Ettinger writes:
"Global economic, social and educational circumstances make Israel an attractive place for 500,000 "olim" (Jewish immigrants to Israel) during the next decade. .. For the first time, Israel is attracting olim due to economic - not only ideological - considerations. Against the backdrop of global economic meltdown and uncertainty, Israel’s credit rating has been upgraded and its GDP growth exceeds any Western country. Unemployment is 5.4 percent; the national debt is less than 75% of GDP; inflation is at 1-3%; no mega-stimulus; banks are managed with fiscal responsibility; all-time high foreign exchange reserves of $75 billion; the flow of overseas investments is robust; exports are sustained at high levels despite global economic insecurity; high-tech industries are expanding; and the economy is energized by the surging secular Jewish fertility rate, increased aliyah, reduced Jewish emigration, accelerated return by expatriates and growing integration of the ultra-Orthodox community in Israel’s workforce. By 2018, Israel is expected to become a major net-exporter of natural gas and a growing producer of oil and, possibly, shale oil.He is wearing the same white cotton T shirt he has been sleeping in all the week. He carries the menu on his shirt. A twin soul.
Rising anti-Semitism in the Ukraine and in Russia, accompanied by shattered expectations of democracy in the former USSR, is producing an aliyah tailwind among the 750,000 Jews there (according to conservative estimates). .. Weak economies, intensifying anti-Semitism and increasingly assertive and growing Muslim communities in France, England and other European countries have increased the number of olim. Economic insecurity and dramatically expanded, but very costly, Jewish-Zionist education systems (mostly Modern Orthodox) have augmented the aliyah potential from the USA. Jewish-Zionist education is provided, almost free of cost, in Israel."