Opposition Leader Isaac Herzog (Zionist Union) expressed outrage on Tuesday over the wave of anti-Semitic incidents and threats in the United States and said Israel should be preparing for the worst - a wave of Diaspora Jews fleeing to the Jewish state.Being ready to flee hatred is an old Jewish tradition. One of my Off-the-Boat Generation ancestors would move her family every few years and tell them that they could only take with them what they could pack in one or two suitcases.
"I call on the government to urgently prepare and draw up a national emergency plan for the possibility of waves of immigration of our Jewish brothers to Israel,” Herzog said at a meeting of his Zionist Union Knesset faction, where he expressed shock and strongly condemned the outbreak of anti-Semitism in the United States, France and other places in the world.
America used to be the place where people would go to flee oppression in the old country. It's a sad commentary on Trumpism and American nativism that fleeing America is now being talked about.
But for Jews, as I've written before, this is nothing new.