Dr. Kedar asks at the end of his article, “...what steps to take in order to absorb these future and blessed waves of immigration successfully.”
The shortest answer possible, that would make the most impact, is to pass a Basic Law making English an official language of the State of Israel.
I ask, what language does the Jew from America, England, France, Russia, Brazil and Argentina have in common?
I’m sorry to say their “Safa Shitufit” (common language), is not Hebrew!
The sad reality is that, beyond the English-speaking “Galut” (exile), most Jews globally, if they learn a second language, most likely learned English not Hebrew first.
What would making English an official language of the State of Israel mean?
Official documents from all the ministries of government would need to have English versions. Business contracts, court proceedings, etc. would need to be “English friendly.” This would make the “Klita,” absorption process much easier for them.
Immediately there would be increased employment for New “Olim” (immigrants) and “Vatikim” (older immigrants), who did know Hebrew, in jobs needing translation.
English would also rise in prominence, in the educational system, and that would have long-term positive consequences to the Israeli economy. Do I need to explain further?
Lowering the language barrier to mass immigration for world Jewry, is a Zionist imperative.
Then once here, we can eventually worry about "ulpans" teaching Hebrew to them, also..!
Ariel Natan Pasko, an independent analyst and consultant, has a Master's Degree specializing in International Relations, Political Economy & Policy Analysis. His articles appear regularly on numerous news/views and think-tank websites and in newspapers. His latest articles can also be read on his archive: The Think Tank by Ariel Natan Pasko.
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