In face of the rising
tide of anti-Semitism in Europe, the government and the Ministry of
Immigrant Absorption launched an emergency plan aimed at encouraging
European Jews, especially from Ukraine, to immigrate to Israel. The
government allocated NIS 100 million to the plan.
After 66 years in which
the issue of immigration was handled by the Jewish Agency and other
bodies, the government decided to take matters into its own hands and
establish an independent company to encourage aliyah. The company will
not have the same restrictions applied to government-owned corporations,
and it will be able to operate freely in European countries.