A new report has claimed that an exodus of educated Israelis is accelerating, reported Ynet.
According to the Tel Aviv University-affiliated Shoresh Institution for Socioeconomic Research, Israel â€śhas seen an increase in the emigration of many of its most educated citizens to the United Statesâ€ť.
In the two decades prior to 2016, the number of Israelis acquiring US citizenship or permanent residency rights â€śrose by a little over 30 per centâ€ť.
Report author Professor Dan Ben-David â€śsays the population leaving came from the segment most crucial to Israelâ€™s successâ€ť.
Israeli academics are one example of a sector of those leaving to live abroad. â€śA whole bunch of Israelis are now (working) at the top American universities, and so much so that you could actually populate completely new departments in Israel with the Israelis who are there,â€ť said Ben-David.
One unnamed Israeli researcher based in Texas, claimed that â€śin the last decade, Israeli governments have bluntly and carelessly prioritized two sectors in society, the settlers and the ultra-religious, over secular working and educated families and individualsâ€ť.
â€śAccording to the Shoresh Institutionâ€™s report, in 2017, 4.5 Israelis that hold academic degrees left for every returning graduate. This was up from a ratio of 2.6 to one in 2014,â€ť Ynet reported.
Bemoaning problems in Israelâ€™s education system, Ben-David said: â€śWho is going to defend Israel? Who is going to develop the technology to shoot down missiles or (to do) whatever we will need when that comes around, and who is going to pay for all it?â€ť
â€śItâ€™s not a sustainable situation, and countries (can) failâ€¦We get this opportunity (to live in an independent Jewish state) once every 2,000 years; we need to get it right,â€ť he added.
â€śWe need to worry about where this Titanic is headed,â€ť Ben-David said. â€śRight now, itâ€™s toward a big icebergâ€¦We can change direction, but we need to get our act together.â€ť