Thursday, June 23, 2011

GO NORTH!

Article on Arutz7

Nefesh b'Nefesh, probably one of my favorite organizations of all time, instituted a program called "Go North." that settles new Olim in the North of Israel. Their goal is 1,500 olim in 5 years. I do believe that is a tremendously low number. Realistically, I believe that they will meet this goal, but when it comes to programs like this, I like to see big numbers.

Lets say 5,000 to 7,500 new Olim in 5 years.

My logic is simple. Just like a raffle, people on the fence would like to help out and may buy another raffle ticket or two, so to with Aliyah. To be a part of a movement can often be the deciding factor on major life changes. Making Aliyah is an ideological move, so to do it with the incentive that you are part of a large group settling the land, its sweetens the deal.

With a goal of 5,000 to 7,500 new Olim, the government will pay attention a little more. Such a major influx in a relatively short amount of time, lofty, yet reachable goals, and a proven organization, if Israel didn't pay attention, they would just be stupid.

What the government should do to help facilitate this type of program is to promote the North. Start to build commercial centers, where businesses can open. Opportunity for a livelihood will be a major factor in the decision of future Olim as well. Along with the building of commercial centers, tax breaks, incentives for business owners and potential start-up businesses in that area of the country should also be instituted. Programs like this have a high track record of success and can help the country become a highly developed, profitable center.

On a side note: I would really like to see Nefesh b'Nefesh start pinpointing communities, both in Israel and Abroad. For example: Tiberias needs to expand, or gain ground in the great Arab land grab. There are roughly 1,500 Jews in Norway. There should be a major push from Nefesh b'Nefesh in Norway. Helping with moving costs, business replacement, etc. Focusing on bringing Jews home.

I know this sounds ridiculous and practically insane, emptying the Jews out of countries to bring them to Israel. First off, it is not so crazy. Operation Solomon, Operation Flying Carpet, etc. Secondly, I didn't say start in the United States. Countries like Norway, which have historically been pretty good with the Jews. Now, however, the climate of Anti-Semitism has reached a point where the echoes of WWII anti-Jewish sentiment. It is like this in many countries in Europe. So..why should they remain there? Make it easy for them to get out before it gets too bad. Make it completely worth their while. Short term, a lot of money may be spent, but long term, the more citizens, the more money. The government wins because it is another taxable income and the economy is boosted because it has another person or family to spend money.

Plus, 1,500 people moving to Israel? That would fill the Go North goals...think about it NBN.

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  1. To be a part of a movement can often be the deciding factor on major life changes. Making Aliyah is an ideological move, so to do it with the incentive that you are part of a large group settling the land, its sweetens the deal.
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