Ynet says that Israeli consulates in North America report a flux of Israelis asking for help getting back to the Jewish state after losing money in the U.S. financial crisis:

Eli Yifrach, an Israeli consul in Florida, said that the Miami office gets several calls to that effect every day: "We’ve had cases of Israelis telling us they were being evicted from their homes, after faltering on their mortgage payments."

Another official with a different consulate said that his offices has had Israelis call in and ask for financial help to buy food. "In one case, I gave an Israeli $100 for food, and I know many contact Chabad centers and synagogues for food," he said.

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