ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has advised his Ethiopian counterpart which his nation has the aim to”instantly” bring over a few 2,000 Ethiopian Jews. The announcement came Friday following a telephone call with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
Netanyahu’s office said that the decision comes”from his devotion to the continuing aliyah of Jews to Israel.”
Some 13,000 Ethiopian Jews come from the capital, Addis Ababa, also in Gondar, the majority of them waiting to be obtained into Israel, which they call home. Most live in dire circumstances and also have threatened to stage a hunger strike if they are not permitted to go to their”homeland.” Many say that they have family members that have settled in Israel.
“Some 250 people have left Israel over the last year before COVID-19 came. Now the traveling has ceased, but Israeli officials have been conducting interviews on the internet,” Nigusie Alemu Eyasu, program manager for the Ethiopian Jews Community, told The Associated Press.
Back in 1991 while Ethiopia was in the middle of civil war, Israel completed the magnificent Operation Solomon, airlifting out several 14,500 Ethiopian Jews in under two days.