As rockets continue to land in the north, hundreds of immigrants are landing in Israel, some of them asking specifically to live in northern Israel. In a heartwarming display of faith and Zionism, over a thousand immigrants, from a plethora of different countries, have
Ze'ev Boim, minister of immigrant absorption, praised this trend, saying "it is very important that immigrants are arriving now and it has a positive impact on Israeli morale." The statistics are exciting and reminiscent of the first Gulf War when immigrants, upon their arrival, received absorption benefits and a gas mask.
Later this week, 220 more immigrants from Canada and the United States are scheduled to arrive via the Nefesh B'Nefesh immigration and absorption assistance agency. Even more impressively, next Tuesday, 620 immigrants will arrive from France. The immigrants will be received with a festive ceremony in Israel's Ben-Gurion Airport, in which Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Boim, and the head of the Jewish Agency, Ze'ev Bilsky will take part, among others.
Boim set off for France on Tuesday, in order to meet with the 620 prospective immigrants prior to their arrival.
"I'm going to offer support and to bless them for their decision to come to Israel at this time," he said. "This is by far the best answer to Nasrallah's rockets."
Where will these French immigrants settle? The rockets in the north and the Qassams in the south don't frighten them. At least five families have asked to live in Maalot, another five in Akko and five more in Tiberias.
Some 80 families asked to live in Ashdod and Ashkelon. Most of the immigrants ask to live in Jerusalem (more than 80 families), Netanya (75 families) and Be'er Sheva (35 families).