People from over 70 countries have made Israel
their home since 1948…
The majority of Israeli Jews are descendants of immigrants from Arab countries.
In recent years, groups of people who have ancient connections with the Jewish people are also coming home. Notable among them are the Bnei Menashe of the Manipur region of India, who have held on to traditions for 2,700 years. With the help of the Shavei Israel organization, they are becoming fully integrated back into the Jewish people, and brought to Israel.
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On May 24-25, 1991, Israel executed “Operation Solomon,”
which brought out 14,500 Ethiopian Jews…
from Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, in some 36 hours. Said Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Avihu Ben-Nun, “It was a great operation on a global scale: never before, did so few pilots transport such a great number of people in such a short time“.
It was a highly complex and top-secret military operation, with 34 unmarked planes flying 41 sorties. The Ethiopian government of Mengistu was about to collapse; rebels outside the city stood down for two days to allow this operation to proceed.
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Tel Aviv, known as the White City, was named by UNESCO as a World
Heritage Site because it is home to more Bauhaus…
or International Style architecture than any other city in the world. Almost all other World Heritage sites are either natural phenomena or very old. Tel Aviv is one of very few sites that is a twentieth century phenomenon.
Israel moves from mourning to
celebration with the sound of a siren…
The IDF inducts young people with autism…
to do high level work in Intelligence Unit 9900, which maps and analyzes visual data. Soldiers with autism can excel at this work because they are often adept at detecting patterns and maintaining focus for long periods of time.