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Dozens cancel move to Israel due to Iran threats

Jewish Agency head Natan Sharansky says potential immigrants are waiting for calmer times

Aaron Kalman is a former writer and breaking news editor for the Times of Israel

Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky (photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90)
Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky (photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Dozens of Jews have postponed their decision to immigrate to Israel because of the threat of war with Iran, Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky said on Sunday morning.

People who had already finalized the details of their move, even including where they would live, told the Jewish Agency they were halting the planned move until things calmed down, Sharansky told Israel Radio.

“When the nuclear war in the Middle East passes we’ll come,” Sharanksy said one of those who postponed their move recently told him.

The fact that the world now sees Iran as a nuclear threat was an achievement won by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s clear statements about Israel’s willingness to act, Sharansky said.

According to a press release by the Jewish Agency, when speaking to potential immigrants its “representatives are often asked to address various questions and concerns regarding the security situation, including the situation with Iran.”

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