Netanyahu calls on European Jews to immigrate to Israel


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday reiterated his call on European Jews to immigrate to Israel, hours after an attack on a synagogue in Danish capital Copenhagen.

“Jews have been murdered again on European soil only because they were Jews and this wave of terrorist attacks – including murderous anti-Semitic attacks – is expected to continue,” Netanyahu said at the beginning of a weekly cabinet meeting.

“Of course, Jews deserve protection in every country but we say to Jews…Israel is the home of every Jew,” Netanyahu said, adding that Israel is preparing for “the absorption of mass immigration from Europe.”

Netanyahu added he “will submit to the cabinet a 180 million shekels (roughly $46 million) plan to encourage the absorption of immigrants from France, Belgium and Ukraine.”

“We will submit additional plans later. To the Jews of Europe and to the Jews of the world I say that Israel is waiting for you with open arms,” he added.

Israeli paper Haaretz had reported that Netanyahu’s government has been working hard to double the number of Jewish immigrants to Israel from Europe by exploiting recent attacks.