By Simon Round, July 10, 2008
There are signs that the Israeli government might not be treating the process of welcoming and integrating immigrants with a great deal of importance.
Why? Well, the newly appointed absorption minister, Eli Affalo, does not speak a word of English. That may prove significant when one’s job entails a large number of conversations with English-speakers.
A source close to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert defended the decision, saying: “Speaking English is not part of the criteria.”