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Report: Israel losing its math PhDs     Gad Lior
1. Not necessarily a brain drain
An important fact is that PhD graduates are encouraged (by all good research institutes in Israel, such as Weizmann) to work overseas to gain further experience if they ever plan to head a lab in Israel. So this brain drain concept may not be as clear as the article makes it out to be. The question is whether the scientists return within 5-10years after leaving.
Jodie ,   Rehovot, Israel   (12.26.12)
2. Not surprised
If Israel dedicates itself to religion, then rational people will leave. It's really that simple.
Northern   (12.26.12)
3. Intelligence And fascism connot cohabitate.
X   (12.26.12)
4. Dont worry.Palestinian mathmaticians will replace them
Alan ,   SA   (12.26.12)
5. What about olim with PhDs?
Do the statistics include olim in the sciences and engineering? I know many physicists and engineers who studied in the West (and I am sure there are others from the former Soviet Union as well) who made aliya and have added to Israel's intellectual base.
Charles ,   Paris, France   (12.26.12)
6. Strip them off of their citizenship!
We've been given this land to make it flourish. The government should make them pledge an oath to serve Israel's interests
(12.26.12)
7. #2: And whatever will be left
is a society even more dominated by Haredim, who tend to be less educated, and who draw a disproportion of welfare benefits from the government, provided by those workers who did not leave. At some point in the future, Israel may not be able to defend itself economically or militarily. Israel's societal model is flawed.
Runner1983 ,   USA   (12.26.12)
8. 65,000 Africans in
Phd's out. Zoabi in Kahane out. Something is wronh here.
Ron ,   LA   (12.26.12)
9. Abroad for 3 years
aka a post-doc. Nonsense article
Danny   (12.26.12)
10. # 2
We have many highly educated people living and working here who are also religious. Some even got a Nobel prize.
Philip ,   Afula, Israel   (12.26.12)
11. Complete nonsense article
More scientists from the west and Russia are coming to Israel to settle to profit of the scientific avant garde of Israeli Academic institutions as well as the hightech industries which are thebest after silicon wadi in the US. Stop bashing the stupid statistics.
Doctor J.   (12.26.12)
12. It's all a cycle
The great majority of native-born Israelis who leave for abroad are back within years. They often bring with them new skills and attract hi-tech companies, who saw what they could do. That's how Israel became a hi-tech hub. This circular migration is often a boon, since many Israelis get valuable educational and work experience abroad before returning. The only reason there are so many Israelis abroad is because a great percentage of non-Jewish Russians (and admittedly, some legitimate Russian Jews too), stayed in Israel for a bit, took the immigrant benefits, and left for abroad. In 2010, one out of every two Israelis applying for a Green Card was Russian. And it seems the great majority of Russians who leave are not Jewish. Then, there are many Jews who moved to Israel, lived there for a while, and left. And finally, the children of yordim are counted as Israelis up to the first generation, even if they were never in Israel or speak Hebrew. On a side note, Israel is actually retaining more of it's educated population than many other developed countries, including Switzerland. It's the Palestinians who are experiencing a brain drain. Every year, up to 20,000 leave the West Bank, mostly young and educated.
Vlad   (12.26.12)
13. Math PhD's leaving
Very smart thinking! They see the handwriting on the wall concerning the future of the Zionist regime and have better sense that to keep trying to ride a dead horse!
graczek ,   Maryland, USA   (12.26.12)
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