Easing absorption and encouraging Aliyah, are national missions at the center of the Zionist vision. In good times and bad, the State of Israel is home to Jews from around the world.
Over the years, the various waves of Aliyah have contributed greatly to the State of Israel, and it is impossible to imagine the face of Israel without each and every one of them. Along with encouraging and supporting Aliyah, the issue of absorption, or Klitah, is an issue that requires special attention. It is sadly too often the case that Jews from around the world, who have chosen to come to Israel to build their homes, are unable to integrate into society and make the decision to return to their countries. Therefore, a significant improvement in the absorption system is required at all levels.
Aliyah must be restored as a key goal of Israeli government policy. We will identify opportunities to increase Aliyah, and allocate resources accordingly where it will have the most impact. We will set measurable goals in the field of Aliyah and work to make Israel an attractive economic destination for young people and Jewish families from all over the world.
We will provide incentives to Olim and provide a special absorption basket for Olim in professions where Israel has a particular demand. We will make it easier to relocate businesses to Israel in order to maintain livelihoods.
We will lead a revolution in the absorption system through online Hebrew ‘Ulpanim’ available for prospective Olim while still in their countries of origin, and help with locating suitable housing and employment opportunities. We will advance recognition of degrees and employment records, and encourage the integration of Olim in the Civil Service. We will set up a network offering intensive courses form Olim on how to receive all their rights, and promote familiarity with the Israeli systems of government. In addition, we initiated the establishment of a ‘Veteran Families’ project that will accompany new Olim during their first years in the country.
Proficiency in Hebrew is a key factor in assuring easier social integration in Israel, as well as of course in employment. Hebrew is the key to success. Accordingly, we will place great emphasis on Hebrew studies and the provision of Ulpan for Olim by an additional 500 hours of study.
We will work to effectively connect new Olim to the labor market, even before they arrive, in order to give new Olim a greater sense of security upon arrival in Israel. In doing so, we will place an emphasis on the quality of work placements, especially promoting areas where there is a demand for speakers of different languages, and with unique skills which Olim so often bring with them.
We will oblige relevant government ministries make their information accessible in the most popular languages spoken by Olim: English, Russian, French, Spanish and Amharic.
The issue of the accumulation of pensions of Olim arriving in Israel aged 40 and over must be addressed at the national level. We will increase the income support allowance for the elderly and complete the implementation of the Elkin Report, which seeks to ensure senior citizens who made Aliyah after the age of 40 who were not able to accumulate the necessary retirement funds, are able enjoy their retirement and live in dignity.
We will work to bring the remaining Jews of Ethiopian home to Israel in all cases of family reunification and humanitarian need. We will encourage housing and employment solutions for the second generation of the Ethiopian Israeli community, and we will invest resources in the fight against racism toward the community. We will continue the move led by Gideon Saar as Minister of Education for joint studies with children from the community with their counterparts across Israeli society. We will also step up our efforts to integrate Ethiopians into the higher education system, the Civil Service and government companies.