Russian-born Israelis are moving west, seeking a better future

Three years ago, Gennady, a 10-year veteran of the Israel Defense Forces, and his wife packed up the family, left Haifa and landed in Nova Scotia.

He wasn’t the first or the last of the Russian-born Israelis to leave, and their numbers appear to be growing.

“I was involved in the evacuation [of settlements] in Gaza and the Second Lebanon War, but after it became clear to me that my chances of advancement were fairly limited, I started to look for options elsewhere,” said Gennady, who preferred not to give his full name, in a phone interview from Halifax.