Following a news breaking announcement Monday from Reform Clergy Uri Regev that out of the 154,474 olim who have come to Israel in the last 8 years and were entitled to an Israeli citizenship under the law of return, only 25,375 are halachically Jewish (Reform NGO Claims 6 out of Every 7 Olim in Recent Years Not Recognized as Jews), on Tuesday, Israel’s interior ministry has corrected the data on Jewish immigration to Israel in the last 8 years.
The ministry clarified that most olim from the former Soviet Union are not recognized as Jews, but in contrast, most olim from the US and France are Jews.
The Population and Immigration Authority has retracted the data it provided to Regev, and announced that 61.5% of Russian olim and 66% of olim from Ukraine are not Jews, while 96% of French olim and 95% of US olim are Jewish.
This puts the average among all olim at 37.5% goyim.
According to Yedioth Acharonot, the data the Authority published today about the Jewish identity of olim reflects the fact that some of them have been converted in Israel. Meanwhile, the Authority refuses to reveal what their status was on their day of liyah.
On Monday, Regev cited official data provided by the State Population and Immigration Authority, that 86% of legal olim to Israel over the past 9 years are not recognized by the rabbinical courts as Jews.