USSR

  • Israel and Soviet Union Agree to Establish Consular Relations

    Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy and his Soviet counterpart, Eduard Shevardnadze, announced after meeting here Sunday that the two countries had established full consular relations. But the two officials would not confirm reports from Jerusalem that the Soviet Union had given final approval to an agreement reached last year on the establishment of direct flights… More ▸

  • Havel Confirms Plans for Prague to Be Way Station for Soviet Jews

    Czechoslovak President Vaclav Havel has reaffirmed his promise to let Prague serve as a way station for Soviet Jews immigrating to Israel. Havel made the pledge Tuesday to Simcha Dinitz, chairman of the Jewish Agency and World Zionist Organization Executives. He told Dinitz that Israeli officials could fly here shortly to work out the details…. More ▸

  • Soviet Cruise Ship to Dock in Haifa

    The first Soviet-registered passenger liner to visit Israel since Moscow severed diplomatic relations 23 years ago is due to arrive in Haifa next month. The 22,000-ton Anatoly Sabinov, on a 35-day cruise that began at the Black Sea port of Odessa, will dock in Haifa from Oct. 5 to 8. Its 700 passengers from the… More ▸

  • Rosh Hashanah Holiday Brings 3,000 More Soviet Jews to Israel

    Absorption Ministry officials worked late Saturday night and throughout the day Sunday processing nearly 3,000 immigrants from the Soviet Union who arrived in Israel over the long Rosh Hashanah weekend. About 2,000 landed at Ben-Gurion Airport during the holiday itself, and another 1,000 arrived Saturday. The backlog developed because the Absorption Ministry, headed by the… More ▸

  • German Jewry Negotiating with Bonn on Quota of Soviet Jews to Immigrate

    The German Jewish community apparently has accepted the principle of quotas on Jewish immigration from the Soviet Union and is nearing an agreement with West German authorities on the number of Soviet Jews who will be allowed to come here. Government sources said Sunday that the number would likely be fixed at 3,000 immigrants over… More ▸

  • 2,000 Soviet Emigres Will Arrive in Israel During Holiday Weekend

    Soviet emigres will continue to arrive in Israel during Rosh Hashanah, according to a compromise worked out by the Prime Minister’s Office, Absorption Minister Yitzhak Peretz and the Jewish Agency for Israel. The compromise, reached late Tuesday, addressed halachic objections raised by Peretz, who is strictly Orthodox and had complained that Rosh Hashanah and the… More ▸

  • One Million Soviet Jews Expected to Come to Israel by End of 1992

    One million Soviet Jews will arrive in Israel by the end of 1992, a top Jewish Agency official said Monday. Simcha Dinitz, chairman of the Jewish Agency and World Zionist Organization Executives, told reporters here that his projection was based on hard evidence, not speculation. Finance Minister Yitzhak Moda’i spoke of absorbing 1 million immigrants… More ▸

  • Germany Decides to Set Quota on Soviet Jewish Immigrants

    The government plans to establish a quota on the number of Soviet Jews admitted to the united Germany. Consultations have been going on for several days involving Bonn officials, the governments of the West German federal states and representatives of the German Jewish community. No quotas have been set so far. But according to informed… More ▸

  • Soviet and Vatican Officials to Discuss Mideast Conference

    A Soviet delegation will open talks with the Vatican soon on the possibility of convening an international peace conference on the Middle East, Communist sources indicated Wednesday. The talks will start before the end of the month, the Italian Communist Party newspaper L’Unita reported in Rome. The views of the Vatican and the Kremlin on… More ▸

  • U.S. to Pay Immigration Costs for 40,000 Soviet Jews Next Year

    For the second consecutive fiscal year, the United States will allow 40,000 Soviet Jews to immigrate here as refugees in 1991. But unlike the current fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30, next year all 40,000 refugees will qualify for an array of federal assistance programs, including transportation loans, Medicaid and food stamps. That will take… More ▸