Government set to finalize Bnei Menashe aliya

The government is expected to give final approval in the next few weeks to bring to Israel more than 7,200 remaining members of an Indian community who claim descent from one of the lost tribes of Israel.

The decision to allow the last members of the Bnei Menashe to immigrate to Israel is being greeted with excitement by local Evangelical Christian groups, who view it as fulfillment of Biblical prophecy and who have pledged financial support for the move.

More than 1,700 members of Bnei Menashe have immigrated to Israel over the last decade, but their aliya was subsequently halted in 2007 by the government of former prime minister Ehud Olmert, even though the Israeli Chief Rabbinate had previously recognized the community as “descendants of Israel.”


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