Last week, the Israeli media was all excited about a Bar Ilan University Mathematics professor who solved a decades old mathematics problem. It's definitely one of those great "good news in Israel" stories. For me, it was marred by:
President Kaveh added that the fact that Prof. Trahtman was a new immigrant "raises once again the need for the government to fulfill its obligation to invest in absorbing immigrant scientists and bringing Israeli scientists back home from abroad." (emphasis mine)
The article also said that Professor made aliyah 15 years ago. When we made aliyah, in 1970, we considered ourselves "new immigrants" for as long as we were eligible for the special "rights." Of course, we stay "immigrants," but "new?" No way.
Just because many of us will never lose our accents, nor be as comfortable in Hebrew as we are in our native tongue, does not mean that we are new immigrants forever!