Israel’s Challenge of Mass Immigration

There are tens of millions of Median Jews in the Middle East and beyond. Israel will face an unprecedented challenge in public planning in tripling or quadrupling its population through Median Jewish mass Aliyah (immigration). Israel will not only vastly expand its existing cities but will no doubt build entirely new cities, towns and villages for Median Jewish immigrants throughout the southern Negev desert. Nearly all flat land (i.e. sand desert) in the Negev will be cultivated in order to feed a rapidly expanding population. 

Israel will need to take huge international loans to finance building infrastructure, housing, hospitals, schools and universities for a rapidly expanding population. No nation in the history of the world has ever faced such an immense challenge. Yet this is the realization of a Jewish hope that has been maintained since the ancient prophets of Israel. While tripling or quadrupling Israel’s population within a decade or two may seem like an impossible challenge, this is not Israel’s first wave of mass immigration albeit the largest one in its history. The historical rediscovery of core Median Jewry is a blessing for the nation of Israel and Median Jewish mass immigration will vastly strengthen Israel and bring peace with all its neighbors as Israel will demographically afford to redeem and enfranchise the entire Judea and Samaria while Jordan will subsequently annex Gaza and enfranchise its population.

Israel may find it difficult to feed a tripled or quadrupled population even with the cultivation of the Negev and Israel would therefore be particularly well-advised to consider realizing the Prophet Isaiah’s vision and become the first vegan nation in the world. Israel is leading globally in the alternative protein industry and the once significant inconvenience involved in becoming vegan is rapidly being minimized to the point in the foreseeable future of being eliminated altogether. The alternative protein industry is rapidly approaching the threshold of a cruelty-free lifestyle becoming so convenient that the Israeli government will be able to outlaw the animal industry. Not only is plant-based meat becoming increasingly identical in taste and texture to meat from the animal industry, but the cultured meat revolution means that meat (and all other animal products, including eggs, dairy, fish and honey) will be grown through cellular agriculture. Israel needs a national strategy on maintaining leadership in the vegan industrial revolution and become the first cruelty-free economy in the world. This is crucially a national necessity in maintaining capability to feed its own population and remaining self-sufficient in food production. There is also a revolution taking place in the industry of growing vegetables as these can now be grown indoors in large sterile factories with lamps and without sunlight. Israel needs a national strategy to implement this in Israel as well.

Israel may eventually face a situation of shortage of available land for development in becoming the Singapore of the Middle East. Israel will need to build cities with skyscrapers in order to maintain open land in the country. The mass Aliyah (immigration) to Israel of tens of millions of Median Jews is a blessed opportunity for Israel in every way, but it is also a challenge for planning in building a more sustainable economy and society based on sustainable technologies.

When and at what pace will Median Jews arrive in Israel once Israel announces their existence, officially recognizes them as Jews once it will become possible to leave their countries of residence in the Middle East? The 4 million Median Jews in Iraq and Iran are likely to arrive at a very rapid pace irrespective of the availability of jobs and housing in Israel. They will be extremely eager to leave Iran and Iraq. There are two million Median Jews in Kenya and Tanzania (the Maasai people) and the number of Median Jews (Igbos who have not converted Christianity) in Nigeria is unknown. African Median Jews are extremely likely to immigrate very rapidly to Israel irrespective of the Israeli capacity to absorb them. Most Median Jews in Syria and Lebanon will not need to immigrate to Israel as Israel will annex Median Jewish (Alawite and Druze) regions of Syria and Lebanon. Turkey is an emerging economy that is relatively economically developed and Median Jews in Turkey therefore have higher economic expectations than have other Median Jews and economic logic would therefore seem to dictate that emigration to Israel takes place over the course of some two decades or more. However, Turkish society is becoming increasingly inhospitable to Alevis and other Median Jews and so Turkish Median Jews are therefore increasingly eager to leave the country. Rising Turkish Muslim hostility against Median Jews in Turkey may therefore lead to a scenario of a far more rapid pace of immigration of Turkish Median Jews to Israel. 

The sheer scale and challenge of engineering involved in managing the tripling or quadrupling of Israel’s population within a decade or two is enormous and unprecedented in history. The scale of Median Jewish immigration will be such that it will be impossible to merely integrate the immigrants into existing cities and Israel will need to build new cities for the new immigrants, primarily in the Negev but Israel should also plan for building a number of new Jewish cities throughout Judea and Samaria.

Yet, the Law of Return ensures that all Jews are entitled to immigrate to and immediately receive citizenship in Israel and Israel will therefore not be able control the pace of immigration but has to be prepared for immigration on a scale and pace that is almost unimaginable.

Published by Daniella Bartfeld

Daniella Bartfeld is the founding director of the Aliyah Organization

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