She knows what it's like to move to a new country, albeit not under the same circumstances. Member of Knesset Penina Tamanu-Shata (Yesh Atid) was one of the government representatives to speak at Tuesday's Nefesh B'Nefesh ceremony. The organization, in conjunction with the Jewish Agency and other government affiliated agencies, brought over the latest contingent of new immigrants from the United Sates and Canada. Many of the new olim will be going into the Israel Defense Forces.
MK Tamanu-Shata spoke to Arutz Sheva news about why she wanted to attend the plane-landing event. "We want to do everything so that they may have an easy reception," she stated. The first-term MK explained that she left her birth-country of Ethiopia and was repatriated to Israel as part of Operation Moses. In 1984 the Israeli government organized an emergency airlift to rescue over 7,000 members of the Jewish community of Ethiopia who were being pressured by the new dictatorial regime and faced with famine.