More Israelis moving overseas than returning
An Israeli airport guard patrols with a dog in Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv, March 22, 2016. (Photo by AP)
Islam Times - A new report shows that more Israelis are moving abroad for an extended period of time compared with the number of the Israelis who return to the occupied territories.
According to the report by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics, out of 16,700 Israelis who moved overseas for an extended period of time in 2015, only about 8,500 returned.
The number shows a significant rise in the exit rate and a fall in the return rate compared to previous years.
The regime in Israel have been under fire by the international community over efforts to change the demographic build-up of the occupied territories over the past decades by constructing illegal settlements, destroying historical Palestinian sites and expelling the local Palestinian population.
The occupied territories have been the scene of a new wave of tensions between Palestinians and Israeli forces since 2015, when the regime imposed restrictions on the entry of Muslim worshippers into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
Many Israelis view the regime’s decades-long occupation of Palestinian lands as a source of tensions with Palestinians.
In recent months, Tel Aviv has witnessed a number of protest rallies in support of a Palestinian state and in condemnation of the Israeli occupation.
Israel’s leftist opposition has criticized the right-wing administration of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over its failure to pursue a “peace process” with the Palestinians.
The regime’s short existence has been marked by several deadly wars against the region’s Arab population, including Palestinians and Lebanese.
Since 2008, the regime has killed hundreds of Palestinian civilians in its last three wars on Gaza Strip, without achieving the goal of its costly campaigns, which is crushing Palestinian resistance.
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