Israel is one of the leading democracies in the Middle East, but the benefits that come with this status are not within reach of every Israeli as it ought to be. According to Adam Milstein who is the chairman of the Israeli-American Council, many smart, educated and talented Israelites are moving to the United States in search of better opportunities because of the economic imbalance and uneven privileges to access resources. This brain drain has continued to expand, and Adam Milstein says the trend is worrying because the younger population has joined the purge. A scenario like this, as Adam Milstein says, puts the economic future of Israel at risk, because vital professionals and players in the economy, such as engineers and professors are not willing to go back to Israel. Israel has one of the best military units which are vital for the survival of the country given its location in the Middle East, but the crisis at hand is far from a military attack as Adam Milstein cites.
The departure of the best brains and talents from Israel to the US, Canada and other parts of Europe has been fueled by the high cost of living in Israel. The situation is fanned by low salaries and the uncertain social and political trends taking shape in the country. According to data analysts, 87,000 Israelis, moved to the United States within a decade from 2006 to 2016, acquiring US citizenship and legal permanent residency. According to Adam Milstein, efforts by the Israeli government to lure back the best brains have always fallen short. The few that have accepted the offer almost immediately retract after the reality in the country does not meet their expectations. The high cost of living is a significant deterrent, and the massive shift from a secular Jewish community to a more religious one is not pleasant to most of these people who have grown accustomed to the liberal attitude in the Western countries.
More about Adam Milstein
Milstein is a passionate pro-Jews philanthropist who chairs the Israeli-American council and also an avid advocate for the Jewish culture and education. He is a successful real estate investor and also serves as the managing partner of at Hager Pacific Properties. In his early days, he fought alongside Ariel Sharon in the Egyptian Front while serving his mandatory time in the Israel Defense Force.
Milstein holds an MBA from the University of Southern California and is married to Gila Milstein. Together they established the Gila Milstein Family Foundation which advocates for better ties and relationships in the Israeli-American community.