The poll of USSR natives, living in Israel since 1989, showed that 36,9% respondent consider that the expulsion of Arabs from the "pure Israeli" territory is the best method of solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 15% think that the expulsion of Arabs from the territories would be enough.
Another 15,5% stand for returning the territory to Palestinians and creating a Palestinian state.
About 12% wish their children to marry Christians. 11,3% prefer their children to marry Orthodox Jews. However, the majority said they would like their children to marry non-religious Jews.
20,8% said they would like their children to move to another European country or to the USA. Nevertheless, most respondents would like their descendants to stay in Israel.
Rabbi courts, dealing with conversion to Judaism, demand that girls, wishing to undergo giyur, should refuse from TSAHAL service. The courts consider it impossible to obey Torah commandments in the army. This information was received from CIS repatriates, wishing to undergo the giyur procedure. As the girls said, some rabbis told them that they could serve only where religious Israelis do - for example, in the Chief Military Rabbi Department.
Three former officers of Russian special divisions collected signatures of dozens of their former colleagues, wishing to serve in a special "Russian battalion" of the Israeli army. Almost every fourth serviceman in the Israeli Defense Army speaks Russian.
However, the Army leadership considers it harmful to divide units by nationality.
The movement of former USSR repatriates arose last February. Its participants appealed to the general staff and expressed readiness to substitute those Israelis, who refused to serve on the territories of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza strip. There are professional militaries among them. They are planning to get a job by profession.
A seminar, dedicated to the course in Jewish history and modern Israeli studies in the CIS countries, took place in Tel Aviv. The course was organized by the Open University. It was attended by almost 50 teachers of this course.
According to the Absorption Minister Uliy Edelstein, providing CIS Jews with full and objective information both about the history of Jewish people and the situation in modern Israel is an important anti-assimilation factor. The scale of assimilation in the CIS is becoming frightening, he said.
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