An article on Aliyah that actually gives a context to the figures rather than just going for the doom and gloom angle.
Yes numbers are down but the reservoir from which potential Olim in Eastern Europe has shrunk so much that Aliyah should be about the same as it was prior to the fall of Communism. At the same time, numbers from Western countries are up - people are making Aliyah for ideological reasons and as the economy picks up, so too do the numbers.
Those numbers won't really go up however, until the Government stops paying lip service and starts acting - it's all well and good to say that you want something but if your actions show indifference at best and discouragement at worst then people will draw their own conclusions.
I'm writing from the States, from the $3/4 million home of a Chief Exec of a huge company who would happily chuck it all in here if he knew that he would have a parnasa in Israel - I'm sure that there are many more like him. It's time for the PM to put up or shut up - either you want to encourage Olim or you don't - let's stop making it hard!