December 20, 2007
Project to lure Jews out of Iran proves unsuccessful
(Page 2 - Previous Page)"People should be aware that what is stated publicly about their [Jews'] conditions [in Iran] is not necessarily an accurate reflection of their realities," Kermanian said.
Eckstein said that while he was disappointed with the lack of progress in motivating Jews to leave Iran, he would not comment on whether the IFCJ would help fund a similar immigration project in the future.
"In my opinion, the only thing that will cause it to change in 2008 is either the situation of Jews in Iran will take a turn for the worse, and they'll realize they're living on borrowed time," Eckstein said. "Or perhaps the Israeli government would find a solution to back mortgages for them, or a philanthropy would back mortgages on apartments for them."
Representatives at the Iranian mission to the United Nations and leaders in the Jewish community in Iran did not return calls for comment.
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