After mediation by the US, Numeiri allowed six American Hercules planes to airlift the last remaining Ethiopian Jews in Sudan; their arrival in Israel brought the numbers of olim to around 16,000.
In December 1989, 15 years after the rupture of diplomatic relations between Ethiopia and Israel, the Israeli Embassy in Addis Abbeba was reopened.
At first, Israeli authorities refused to accept the possibility that Ethiopians, dark-skinned sub-Saharan Africans, could be Jews.
When they discovered that the Ethiopian version of the Jewish religion was closer to the praxis of ancient Israelites than their European or Middle Eastern counterparts, officials began to claim that Ethiopian Jews stood little chance of successfully integrating into Israeli society, on account of their "primitive" agricultural lifestyles.
To Western eyes, Ethiopian girls looks like a mix of African, Arab, and maybe Indian.
Women from Ethiopia tend to be willowy beauties, with delicate features and shy smile, snot necessarily tall, but sort of lean and long.
Ethiopian Jewish Demonstrator: I think what we are looking here today is thousands of Ethiopians saying here to the Israeli society: no to discrimination, no for racism.
All of us we came here to Israel to be equal with Israeli society.
This drastically reduces scammers, and it is one of the main reasons that Ethiopian Personals has become one of our favorite sites.
For more than three decades, the story of Operation Moses - the mission to airlift thousands of Jews from Ethiopia and absorb them in Israel - has been a source of pride for many supporters of the Jewish state.
Even today, it is often recalled as an exception to the racist rule, a rare episode in which black people were not taken out of Africa to be enslaved, but rather, in order to be liberated.
Mid-1984 saw the beginning of a mass rescue operation, entitled "Mivtza Moshe" [Operation Moses]: over a period of a few months, 8,000 Jews were flown from Khartoum [Sudan] to Europe and from there to Israel.
News of the rescue leaked out to the foreign media in November 1985, with the result that President Numeiri of Sudan halted the operation for fear of hostile reaction from the Arab states.