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Israelis Want Out

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"The emigration phenomenon here was once branded 'a fallout of cowards,' but these days the people who are leaving are talented." 

"They stand out abroad. They are considered smart and successful compared to the Canadians. Many don't come back."

Haaretz cited Meida Shivuki CI survey results. Noam Raz and Merav Shapira manage things. Results showed 37% of Israelis consider leaving.

Many feel they reached their glass ceiling, said Professor Sergio Della Pergola. Advancing economically is most often mentioned. About 55% of respondents said so.

Whether or not they'll go, large numbers prefer living elsewhere. Potential emigres are center/left-of-center voters. They're largely aged 30 - 49. 

They're secular, salaried, and southern Israeli inhabitants. Many come from greater Tel Aviv. Survey research was completed before Pillar of Cloud.

At the same time, Israeli war winds blow constantly. Netanyahu and likeminded hardliners rail against "terrorists," Iran, and other invented enemies to stoke fear.

It wears thin. It's worrisome living in a modern-day Sparta. Still, few leave for ideological reasons. Economic/financial considerations take precedence. 

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