"I think that we see in these Jews that are immigrating to Israel that God has put a longing in their heart that they need to go back there, no matter what," she observes. "Obviously, there's the eminent threat of war so catastrophic, [yet] some sort of a nuclear exchange coming from Iran is not keeping these people away." Meanwhile, Markell finds it unfortunate that many North American Jews have no desire to return to Israel "because they are so comfortable in the Western world, particularly in North America," she explains. "I think only some serious persecution, perhaps some serious anti-Semitism will get them to go back to the land."
Nearly 130 of the most recent arrivals came to serve in the Israeli Defense Forces.