After yet another Islamic terror attack targeting Jews, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday called for a “massive immigration” of European Jews to Israel, saying “Jews deserve security in every country, but we say to our Jewish brothers and sisters — Israel is your home.”
Netanyahu, speaking at the opening of his Cabinet meeting Sunday, said: “Again, Jews were murdered on European soil just because they were Jews. This wave of attacks is expected to continue, as well as murderous anti-Semitic attacks. …
“To the Jews of Europe and to the Jews of the world I say that Israel is waiting for you with open arms,” Netanyahu said. “We are preparing and calling for the absorption of mass immigration from Europe.”
The comments came after the shooting attack outside a Copenhagen synagogue that killed a Danish Jew on Sunday. Last month, Jews in Paris were targeted by Islamic radicals at a kosher market.
Netanyahu on Sunday said the government will soon begin discussions on a $45 million plan to encourage Jewish immigration from France, Belgium and Ukraine. In an interview with Ynetnews.com on Sunday morning, Economy Minister Naftali Bennett said European Jews should view Israel as their home.
“Israel is always waiting for them. This will never change. Jews can and should have the right to live anywhere, but if there are Jews who are concerned about their future, we are certainly waiting for them,” Bennett said.
Al Jazerra reported that Jair Melchior, Denmark’s chief rabbi, was “disappointed” by Netanyahu’s call for immigration following the attack.
“Terror is not a reason to move to Israel,” he told the news agency.
Meanwhile, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the two shootings at a synagogue and another at a free speech event, “prove what we have said over the years – that Israel and the Jews are affected by this terrorism before anyone else because they are on the frontline in the war terror is waging against the West and the entire free world.”
Lieberman called on the international community “to ask for more than declarations and demonstrations against this terrorism, but also shake off the rules of political correctness and fight a real all-out war against Islamic terror and its roots,” according to a report in Ynetnews.com.