Israel’s prime minister said this weekend, in France, that he will try to increase immigration of French Jews and others in Europe suffering from a “rising tide of anti-Semitism.”
With a total population of about 500,000, France’s Jewish community is the largest in Europe, and Jewish agency officials say they expect immigration figures to reach 10,000 this year.
“Israel is not only the place to which you turn in prayer, Israel is also your home,” Netanyahu said Saturday, addressing the French Jewish community. “Any Jew who wants to immigrate to Israel will be welcomed here warmly and with open arms. We will help you in your absorption here in our state, which is also your state.” (Source: fresnobee.com)
Netanyahu said a team of cabinet ministers would meet this week to discuss steps to boost immigration to Israel from France and other European countries “that are being hit by terrible anti-Semitism.”
The Promised Land (Hebrew: הארץ המובטחת, translit.: Ha'Aretz HaMuvtahat) is the land promised or given by God, according to the Tanakh (the Hebrew Bible), to the Israelites, the descendants of Jacob. The promise is first made toAbraham (Genesis 15:18-21) and then renewed to his son Isaac, and to Isaac's son Jacob (Genesis 28:13), Abraham's grandson. The promised land was described in terms of the territory from the River of Egypt to theEuphrates river (Exodus 23:31) and was given to their descendants after Moses led the Exodus out of Egypt. (Deuteronomy 1:8)
The term should not be confused with the expression "Land of Israel" which is used in 1 Samuel 13:19, when the Israelite tribes were already in the Land of Canaan.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said that a mass departure of French Jews should be regarded as a failure for France.
“If 100,000 Jews leave, France will no longer be France. The French Republic will be judged a failure,” he said in an interview conducted before last week’s attacks. “The Jews of France are profoundly attached to France but they need reassurance that they are welcome here, that they are secure here.”
Yair Lapid, Netanyahu’s former finance minister and the head of a centrist party, said at a gathering in Israel :
“Jews are being murdered because they’re Jews, and intellectuals are being murdered because they’re intellectuals. The Europeans are starting to understand that there can be no compromise with terror, racism and anti-Semitism.”“European Jewry must understand that there is just one place for Jews, and that is the state of Israel.”
Naftali Bennett, Israel’s economy minister and a hard-right politician who marched in Paris on Sunday, wrote on his Facebook page that he heard repeatedly from Jews that “there’s nothing left for us in France.”
Last week’s attacks were strongly condemned by leading Palestinian figures, among them the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, who telephoned Hollande to express his outrage. “This terrorism has no religion,” he told the French president, expressing his opposition to any “terror attack” that hurts innocent citizens regardless of their race or religion. “Human life is sacred and God has created us all,” he added.” Abbas also attended Sunday’s rally in Paris.
Is there enough place for all Jews to immigrate Israel?
Haaretz’ journalist Allison Kaplan Sommer criticized this appeal stating the following to which i agree 100% with:
Immigration anywhere is a painful and personal decision that takes a tremendous numbers of factors into account – economic, family relationships, cultural self-confidence, career opportunities. It isn’t a sudden and impulsive decision one makes on the basis of an incident, no matter how horrific. And it certainly isn’t something you do because the politicians leading that country instruct you to do it.
On Sunday, European Jewish Association head Rabbi Menachem Margolin slammed into such statements “The Israeli government has to stop with that Pavlovian declaration every time there is an anti-Semitic incident in Europe.” Aliya (immigration to Israel), he said, “is not a solution for terror.”
Israel is currently under a demographic explosion while the Israeli-palestinian conflict continues.
Sources: wikipedia, huffingtonpost.com, fresnobee.com, washingtonpost.com, smh.com.au, theguardian.com, haaretz.com
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