Israel’s higher education system is deteriorating and well-educated Israelis are fleeing abroad, according to a report recently published by the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel. The emigration rate of Israeli researchers is now the highest among Western countries, according to the study.
Israelis are worried that more and more Israelis want out, so many that the 1950′s joke is back: “Will the last person to live Ben Gurion Airport turn off the lights?”
And not only that, the best people are the very ones who want out: seculars, the highly educated, normal folks. And the ones who are arriving: religious fundamentalists and those who can’t make it in their own countries.
Not good news.
Good news would be a secular Israel that gave equal rights to Jews, Muslims and everyone else and instituted complete separation of religion and state. Will secular Israel ever be a reality? No. It will keep getting more and more fanatical.
And that is why the Jewish population of Berlin keeps growing. Oh the irony. Except it’s not. Most Jews are secular. And Berlin is about as secular as any city in the world. And, unlike Israel, in Germany hate speech is banned and the ultra-right (the German equivalent of the settlers and their supporters) are monitored around the clock.
Israel’s Jewish population won’t be dropping anytime soon, but the average collective IQ sure is.
Maybe that is what is intended. Israelis apparently can’t be lights unto the nations in the Biblical homeland, but they often are in places like Silicon Valley, Manhattan, London and Berlin. And North Tel Aviv, until that enclave becomes suffocated by a larger society that is rushing headlong to the 18th century.