On Sunday, Israel’s government, the IDF, the Jewish Agency, and other official bodies began preparing for a mass aliyah of Ukrainian Jews as the possibilities of a Russian invasion became more evident.
According to a report by Yisrael Hayom meetings were held last week and a detailed plan was formulated for a possible large-scale operation to absorb thousands of people.
As it stands, the first Ukrainian olim in the expected wave – about 75 immigrants – landed in Israel on Sunday morning, with another 22 expected to arrive in Israel in the evening.
In addition, the Absorption Ministry issued calls last week to hotels to receive guests, without specifying the purpose. In addition, the plan includes preparations at Ben-Gurion Airport for the absorption of immigrants, including the delivery of teduot zehut, and placements in absorption centers, hotel, and hostels.
“If 5,000 people arrive in Israel in one week, we need to be prepared,” a source involved in the preparations told Yisrael Hayom. “These are much larger number than the Absorption Ministry and other bodies are used to.”