Yair Sheleg

Ingathering: (Clockwise from left) Immigrants from the Soviet Union arrive in Israel in 1990, French immigrants disembark in 2005, a Yemeni immigrant blows a shofar at an Ashkelon absorption center in 1993, and an Ethiopian woman kisses the ground at Ben-Gurion International Airport in 1990.

The Law of Return at 60: Revisiting (and Revising) a Zionist Pillar

It is appropriate that Israel’s Law of Return was adopted on the 20th of Tammuz, the yahrzeit of Theodor Herzl, founder of the modern Zionist movement. After all, it is the most fundamental law defining Israel as the state of the Jewish people. It gives any Jew — and only Jews — the automatic right to enter and live in Israel.