Experts caution that figures have since leveled off and it's too early to attribute the rise to a 'Trump effect.'
France, Belgium and Italy have proportionately lost the largest numbers of Jews to Israel; French aliyah down by one-third in 2016.
Interior Ministry says nine Venezuelan converts haven't been active in Jewish community long enough to be allowed in Israel, but documents obtained by Haaretz show this is not the case.
With its Mediterranean lifestyle, vibrant nightlife and opportunities at cool new startups, the city is the No. 1 go-to place for new immigrants.
Despite the statistics, many new Israelis cannot get psychological support in their own language.
The newly released documents show that there was no kidnapping campaign by the authorities back around 1948, but the government must still take steps to make all information available.
Released documents on a decades-long controversy betray the contempt shown by Jews with European roots. But sometimes even Yemenite parents didn't want anything to do with their children.
Declining numbers from France, Ukraine cause sharp drop in aliyah figures. But more Jews from Russia, Brazil and Turkey are now making their homes in Israel.
Project will interview Jews who immigrated to Israel from Arab lands or Iran, and descendants of Jews expelled from Spain.
Some olim and returning citizens fear demands to make unanticipated retroactive payments.