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Saturday, October 08, 2005

Goodbye Tel Aviv

Aliyah in reverse?

This year, the number of Israelis leaving Israel for good will top 25,000. In the past three years, 60,000 people have left the country.

Interior Minister Ophir Pines-Paz says the country must do some soul searching, and hopes the "Gaza pullout and the improved economic and security situations that will follow" will bring about a positive change.

But the ones leaving are not the poor and the elderly, but rather the young and ambitious. They are drawn by the allures of other countries, because the spiritual values that drew Jews to the Land of Israel are no longer enough to keep them here.

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