Most of the immigrants from the Former Soviet Union arrived in the early 90s. At that time it was openly acknowledged that around 40% were not Jewish. Prime Minister Shamir certainly knew this but was happy to accept this demographic boost of white Europeans to swell the ranks of the settlers and help maintain a balance with the burgeoning Arab population. Simhon is not saying anything that isn't well known by those in power.
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