JERUSALEM (Feb. 24)
The majority of Israel’s youth regards emigration from Israel (yerida) as a phenomenon highly damaging to the State, a survey conducted recently by the Zionist Council in Israel showed. The survey was presented this week by the Council’s chairman, Arye Zimuki, at the weekly session of the Zionist Executive. According to the survey, this position is more widely shared by religious youth (85 percent), although 75 percent of secular youth adopted the same position.
However, according to the same survey, there was a growing tendency among Israeli youth to draw dividing lines between their being Israelis and their Jewish ness. Only 35 percent of the secular Jews said that had they not been born in Israel, they would have wanted to be born as Jews. However, 90 percent of the religious Jews said they would have wanted to be born as Jews anywhere else in the world.