The new arrivals on the Nefesh B'Nefesh flight were welcomed to Israel by several officials, including Aliya and Immigrant Absorption Minister Sofa Landver and Nefesh B’Nefesh co-founder Rabbi Yehoshua Fass.
“The decision to make aliya is not a simple one, especially in the current situation it is a courageous and important one,” said Landver in her welcoming remarks. “The continuing massive aliya of families and children, especially in these times of crisis, strengthens the resolve of our nation and serves as a proof that Israel is the one and only home of the Jewish nation.”
The new immigrants on the flight include some who part of a special initiative to settle new citizens in Israel's north and south. Those planning to live in the south were briefed on the security situation, and were granted additional resources to assist them in their transition to life in southern Israel.
Fass hailed the new arrivals for their inspiring decision to move to Israel.
“Today's aliya flight demonstrates the great resilience of the Jewish people and its determination to build the State of Israel,” he said. “These olim, who are choosing to move to Israel in these difficult times, are instilling hope, optimism and strength throughout Israel and the Jewish nation. The outpouring number of requests we received to join the flight out of solidarity for the citizens of Israel is inspiring.”