Israel will increase the number of participants on Birthright tours, with the
aim of reaching 50,000 per year by 2013, according to a new proposal discussed
in Sunday’s cabinet meeting. According to the plan, one in two eligible Diaspora
Jews will take part in the all-inclusive free youth trips. During the meeting,
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu praised the Birthright program for
successfully strengthening ties between Israel and Jewish communities throughout
the world. “It is important that young Jews get to know Israel and our wonderful
people and heritage” firsthand, Netanyahu was quoted as saying.