Israel expands as Russian Jews flee military service

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Published 2 October 2022 at 11.39

Foreign. The world closes its borders to Russian men who refuse to serve in the war in Ukraine. But for those who are Jewish, it looks better, reports Al-Monitor. Israel is keeping air lines open and is now preparing for a large reception of Russian Jews.

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– My department is doing its best to ensure that all who wish to migrate can arrive safely despite challenges. We are preparing for a large-scale immigration wave. We have had talks with El Al and other airlines to find solutions that will enable the Jewish diaspora in Russia to immigrate here, says Israeli Immigration Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata.

Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman says side that the necessary funds will be allocated to give the expected immigrants a good reception.

Within the EU, at the same time, they are thinking about how to ensure that Russian war opponents get asylum while the vast majority of men who are in favor of the war &ndash ; but against serving in it themselves – is denied. All neighboring EU countries have now closed their borders to Russia to Russian tourists.