The following is a response from Interior Ministry to detailed questions regarding the Bnei Menashe issue. It took the ministry two weeks to issue it.
"In October 2007 the government took a decision in principle not to allow groups to enter Israel for the purposes of conversion without government approval. The Interior Ministry operates according to that decision. The Interior Ministry is not aware of the number of 'Bnei Menashe' waiting to make 'aliya.' The ministry has no direct contact with the 'Bnei Menashe' in India. No information has reached the ministry regarding Christians or Messianic Jews living in India who are interested in reaching Israel. If and when such information is received, it will be examined. The government of India has not been in contact with the Interior Ministry regarding any aspect of the 'Bnei Menashe.'"
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