Christmas is the time for family reunions but few homecomings are as eagerly anticipated as this. Around 40 Iranian Jews have landed in Tel Aviv – the biggest such arrival in years. Leaving behind their lives in the Islamic state for new homes in Israel, they travelled almost in secret – aided by Israel and an American evangelical group which sees its efforts as a fulfilment of biblical prophecy. The newcomers were also mobbed by the Israeli press – but there’s little they could say to the media, reflecting concern that publicity could harm the estimated 25,000 Jews still in Iran.
Israel welcomes Iranian Jews