February 18, 2010
The Israeli Government has announced a new scheme aimed at encouraging diaspora Jews to take up their "right to return" and emigrate to Israel.
Minister for Immigrant Absorption, Sofa Landver, announced the incentives this week saying:
"In spite of international criticism, the Government of Israel is committed to its policy of fighting our enemies on all fronts. The doors remain open for a diplomatic solution, our military and intelligence operations continue to protect our nation, and we have always seen immigration as playing a crucial role in ensuring that Israel remains a vibrant and safe haven for all Jews."
The Yisrael Beiteinu MK continued, "The new initiative I am pleased to announce today takes the unprecedented step of offering new immigrants the opportunity to make aliyah and in return we will make it possible for them to travel to other parts of the world without having to leave their home. This wonderful opportunity has been made possible after months of careful planning between the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption and another government organisation that, at this time, prefers to be unnamed."
When asked if that unnamed department was intelligence agency, Mossad, a government spokesman stepped in to say "There is no evidence that the Israeli Government had anything to do with the death of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, if that's what you're getting at".
So far, only Dubai has been named as one of the places new Olim will be visiting, or at least, some recent immigrants had visited Dubai. It's not known if there will be further opportunities to go there, however, Ms Landver stressed that it was likely that some would be able to stay at home while visiting the Palestinian Territories and there's every chance they'd be able to go nowhere while on missions, correction, holiday in places as far away as Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon.