Monday, August 20, 2007

Israeli Cabinet to end Jewish Agency monopoly over immigration

From Haaretz, 20/8/07, by Anshel Pfeffer ....

The cabinet is scheduled to vote on a NIS 19 million allocation in the 2008 state budget for two independent immigration organizations. The resolution is expected to pass, essentially ending the Jewish Agency's monopoly over immigration to Israel.

The resolution would allocate funding to Nefesh B'Nefesh and AMI, which support Jewish immigration from North America, Britain and France......... The resolution would also enable the organizations to receive funds not only for their absorption activities within Israel but also for their emissaries stationed abroad.

Officials in Diaspora Jewish organizations view the resolution as a "ringing slap" in the face of the Jewish Agency, and a recognition of the fact that in the past several years it has failed to bring significant numbers of olim from prosperous countries....

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