August 29, 2002
21 Elul, 5762
Sallai Meridor to the Prime Minister:
"Don't Change the Law of Return! The defamatory attacks against Olim
adversely affect immigration. Threats to change the Law of Return are
harming Israel-Diaspora relations." Only one percent of immigrants define
themselves as Christian. The vast majority feels that they belong to the Jewish
In a letter to Prime Minister, Jewish Agency Chairman Sallai
asked Prime Minister Sharon to take action to prevent the Law of
Return from being changed, in light of reports that the Minister of
Interior intends to do so.
"The truth is that in contradistinction to media
reports, only one
percent of the immigrants define themselves as Christian. The vast
majority of the immigrants feel that they belong to the Jewish People
and give positive expression to this feeling by involvement in Jewish
society, participation in the building of the State of Israel and
defending it," Meridor wrote.
Meridor went on to say in his letter, "The defamatory
Olim adversely affect immigration. If the message 'immigrants are not
wanted" continues to emanate from Israel, the result will be that
fewer immigrants will come to Israel.
"Moreover these declarations may harm the set of
between Israel and the Diaspora. The Law of Return, in its current
form constitutes, from the perspective of Diaspora Jewry, the main
expression of the State of Israel's loyalty to them. Published reports
about intentions to change the Law of Return may be detrimental to the
unity of the Jewish People, and their support of Israel, which is of
special significance in a time of war."
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