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Israel’s New Exodus

The ‘Startup Nation’ is experiencing a massive brain drain—and the problem is only getting worse

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“You don’t want people eager for war running the state department.”

IN APRIL, AS HER FAMILY IN CENTRAL ISRAEL prepared to celebrate Independence Day, Rachel Ohal was preparing for what she calls “every Israeli’s dream.” The next morning, she awoke in her home in Los Angeles and drove to a cere mony to become an American citizen. She is one of at least 1 million Israelis residing in the United States. And if Israel—home to 8.8 million people—doesn’t change course, many more may soon join her.

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