Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Obama's Good for Aliya!

The Kikar Shabbat news site reports today that Nefesh B'Nefesh recently held 2 sessions in New York and Los Angeles areas, for Religious and ultra-Orthodox physicians -- as potential olim, immigrants to Israel.

"Dr. Benny Chen, the Maaynei Hayeshua Hospital department head of obstetrics stated, "Maaynei Hayeshua is attractive [to potential physicians], specifically because of the Obama administration's health care reform and the expected lower salaries for doctors in the USA"

"We met with many doctors and specialists, religious and ultra-orthodox Jews that expressed great interest in working here in Israel. There are those who already wanted to move to Israel for a long time, and they have just received a new incentive due to President Obama's health care reform and expected worsening of salaries and working conditions for doctors. " (source)

On the other hand, if you happen to work at Israel's top secret nuclear reactor in Dimona, the Obama administration has recently decided to make your lives more difficult.

NRG/Maariv reports today that workers at the Dimona reactor who submitted VISA requests to visit the United States for ongoing University education in Physics, Chemistry and Nuclear Engineering -- have all been rejected, specifically because of their association with the Dimona reactor.

This is a new policy decision of the Obama administration, since there never used to be an issue with the reactor's workers from study in the USA, and till recently, they received VISAs and studied in the USA.

Israeli Defense Officials have stated that these reactor researches have no criminal background in Israel or in the USA, and yet they are being singled out purely because of their place of employment at the reactor.

Professor Zeev Alfasi, the head of Nuclear Engineering at Ben-Gurion University in the Negev stated that "the United States doesn't sell anything nuclear-related to the Dimona reactor, and that means absolutely nothing. Radiation detectors, for example have to be purchased now in France because the USA refuses to sell these to Israel."

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Daniel said...

But DovBear swears Obama is a friend, and Charkei Hall says this has been the same policy of all administrations

Anonymous said...

I'm likely going to be making aliyah this year from California. And I have to admit, what California is doing is much worse than what Obama or Washington D.C. is doing.

Not everything that is affected in America is because of the federal government.

Anonymous said...

I don't get it. ISrael has socialized medicine too - doctors are not paid huge salaries here either. I am all for aliya - I just don't see why obamacare would encourage doctors to make aliya.

Nachum said...

Because all things being equal, they'd rather be in Israel, I suppose.

yzernik said...

And the media made fun of Sarah Palin when she said, "More and more Jewish people will be flocking to Israel in the days and weeks and months ahead".

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