Israel has a large Russian-speaking population of more than 1.3 million - around 15 percent of the population

Over 31,000 people from Ukraine and Russia have immigrated to Israel since Russian forces invaded Ukraine in February, a massive increase from a similar pre-war period.

Between February 24 and July 31, Israel received 12,175 new immigrants from Ukraine and 18,891 from Russia, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics, citing data from the Immigration Ministry. 

That's 318 percent higher than a similar period in 2019 when almost 10,000 immigrants arrived from the two countries. ... Read More: i24