Israel’s Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked vowed to help Ethiopia's Jews immigrate to Israel as soon as possible during a rare visit to Ethiopia. "These programs that will eventually reunite Ethiopian Jews with their families in Israel are not generally easy،" said Shaked to the group gathered in the synagogue. "But I will try everything within my power to work with relevant offices to make this happen in the shortest time possible،" she said. Shaked، on what is reported to be her first official visit to Africa، said she came to find out more about the situation of Ethiopia's estimated 8،000 remaining Jews. Members of the Ethiopian Jews who attended the meeting told her that they want to move to Israel، where many family members moved years ago. They said they want "aliya،" the Hebrew term for the immigration of Jews in other parts of the world to Israel. "We know aliyah for Jews that are descendants in other countries happened so swiftly that sometimes even their dogs were also included as they moved to Israel. Are we less important than these dogs?" asked Meles Sidisto، the community head of Ethiopia's Jews in Addis Ababa.