Operation Solomon

  • Jewish Agency Team Going to Ethiopia to Arrange Transit of Those Left Behind

    The Jewish Agency is sending a team of officials back into Ethiopia this week to arrange transportation to Israel for an estimated 2,000 Jews who missed last month’s Operation Solomon airlift. The airlift brought more than 14,000 Jews from Addis Ababa to Israel over a 36-hour period on May 24-25. But some 350 Jews did… More ▸

  • New Ethiopian Regime Will Allow Remaining Jews to Leave, Says Envoy

    Ethiopia has assured the United States it will not prevent Jews remaining in the strife-torn country from emigrating, former Sen. Rudy Boschwitz (R-Minn.) said Tuesday. Boschwitz served as President Bush’s special envoy to Ethiopia and is credited with helping to negotiate the Operation Solomon airlift that brought more than 14,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel on… More ▸

  • Soviet Aliyah Remains Constant, but Increase Expected This Month

    A total of 16,048 Soviet Jews immigrated to Israel in May, about the same as the previous month. But immigration officials here expect the number to swell considerably this month, as Jews rush to get out of the Soviet Union before new emigration regulations that arc likely to slow visa processing go into effect. Soviet… More ▸

  • Ethiopians to Leave Absorption Centers Within a Year Under Jewish Agency Plan

    Israel’s ministerial committee on immigrant absorption gave its approval Monday to a detailed plan aimed at settling every Ethiopian immigrant in permanent housing by this time next year. The ministers acted little more than a week after the remarkable Operation Solomon airlift brought more than 14,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel in 30 hours. The Jewish… More ▸

  • What’s in a Name? a Lot of Trouble when It Comes to Registering Olim

    Immigration and Jewish Agency officials are experiencing great difficulties in registering the more than 14,000 Ethiopian Jews who arrived in the Operation Solomon airlift last weekend. The newcomers themselves are being kept confined to the hotels and absorption centers to which they were sent, until the complicated process can be completed. The officials do not… More ▸

  • Israelis Remaining in Ethiopia Are Safe As Rebels Take Capital

    The Israeli officials who stayed behind in Ethiopia are reported to be safe despite the chaos in Addis Ababa, which fell to invading rebel forces at dawn Tuesday. All Israelis in the capital have found shelter in hideouts prepared ahead of time, Asher Naim, Israel’s ambassador to Ethiopia, told Israel Radio on Tuesday. According to… More ▸

  • Israel Continuing Efforts to Rescue Ethiopian Jews, Converts Left Behind

    Israel is continuing efforts to bring the rest of the Jews remaining in Ethiopia to Israel, Housing Minister Ariel Sharon said Tuesday. During a visit to an absorption center in Kiryat Shmona, Sharon told new immigrants that Ethiopian Jews who converted to Christianity would be brought to Israel as well. President Bush’s special emissary to… More ▸

  • Airlift of 14,000 Ethiopian Jews Accomplished in Just 40 Flights

    In what appears to have been a brilliantly planned and flawlessly executed operation, 14,087 Ethiopian Jews, comprising over 3,000 families, were airlifted from Addis Ababa to Israel over the weekend within some 30 hours. Code-named “Operation Solomon,” the airlift was accomplished in a mere 40 flights, involving dozens of aircraft. Twenty-four of the planes were… More ▸

  • Now That the Eagle Has Landed, Israel Must Absorb the Ethiopians

    Once the 40 flights of Operation Solomon had landed at Ben-Gurion Airport, the long and daunting process of absorbing the 14,087 Ethiopian Jews began. Some 300 buses operated by the Jewish Agency for Israel transported the new immigrants directly to 45 hotels, guest houses and mobile homes throughout the country. About 3,200 olim were directed… More ▸