Interim Prime Minister Ehud Olmert yesterday

20.4.06, convened a
ministerial discussion on the immigration to Israel of the Falashmura, ahead
of the 26.4.06 High Court of Justice hearing. Senior Government, Jewish
Agency and American Joint Distribution Committee officials briefed ministers
on the current situation.

Interim Prime Minister Olmert announced that he
intends to hold a comprehensive discussion on the issue as soon as the new
government is formed.
It will be recalled that since 2004, 8,383 members of the Falashmura
community have arrived in Israel. The list of potential immigrants
currently stands at 11,275; it is estimated that approximately 10% are
ineligible to immigrate.