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Ministers welcome nomination of new Jewish Agency chairman

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's religions and Diaspora affairs correspondent.

Immigration and Absorption Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata attends a press conference at the ministry's office at Ben Gurion Airport on April 4, 2022. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)
Immigration and Absorption Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata attends a press conference at the ministry's office at Ben Gurion Airport on April 4, 2022. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

Immigrant Absorption Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata hails the nomination of Doron Almog for the chairmanship of the Jewish Agency for Israel, a semi-governmental body that encourages and oversees immigration to Israel.

“We are in an important period with a jump in the numbers of new immigrants from around the world, and I am confident that Doron will contribute greatly to the Jewish world and to fulfilling this government’s immigration and absorption policies,” Tamano-Shata says.

Tamana-Shata, who works closely with the Jewish Agency, is referring to the major immigration from Ukraine and Russia in recent months, following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine earlier this year. Over 25,000 people have immigrated to Israel from the two countries since then in the largest wave of migration in some 30 years.

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid also lauds Almog’s nomination, saying he “sets an example for love of the land.”

“I am confident you will fill this position with dedication and pride,” Lapid says.

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