Israel's Chief Rabbinate, at the urging of grass-roots groups, has offically recognized the Benei Menashe Tribe of India, Burma and Thailand as "descendants of Jews." The tribe claims descent from the Biblical tribe of Menashe, one of the 10 lost tibes of Israel.
6,000 members of Benei Menashe will be brought to Israel in the coming years.
The rabbinate is sending a conversion court to India to supervise the conversion process of the entire tribe.
This is exactly what large parts of the Israeli government fears. An influx of third world "potential Jews" with few marketable skills.
The inexplicable review by JDC offical Amir Shaviv of Stephen Spector's new book on Operation Solomon (please see the post below this one) is a response to this fear.
Is it a coincidence that Shaviv's review appears in this week's Forward?