August 20, 2019

Lefty Exodus, Not Brain Drain

“The brains and the money of the left are abandoning Israel. That isn’t just a feeling, those are the facts. Benjamin Netanyahu’s supporters, who call leftists “sourpusses,” like to boast of the decline in emigration from Israel in the past several years. But when it comes to leftists, the exit numbers are worse than ever. The leftists are fleeing. It’s called brain drain. In Israel, brains and leftists are one and the same.

According to a new study by Prof. Dan Ben-David, published by the Shoresh Institution for Socioeconomic Research, the most educated Israelis with the most vital skills for the success of the economy are moving abroad at an increasing rate. How do we know that they are leftists? They belong to the highest-income deciles, and in Israel the highest earners vote for the left. They are the left’s electoral base.

The situation Ben-David describes could be called “The State of Tel Aviv is abandoning the State of Judea.” Leaving it in the lurch. As we know, the Israeli left is a shrinking minority. It’s very strong economically, however. It is Israel’s economic foundation. Fewer than 130,000 Israelis are physicians, academic researchers or high-tech workers, but according to Ben-David’s study, they are also the base of Israel’s qualitative advantage. The right has quantity, the left has quality. “The fragile size of this group means that emigration by a critical mass out of the total – even if only numbering several tens of thousands – could generate catastrophic consequences for the entire country,” Ben-David writes.”

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