Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has responded to this weekend’s deadly synagogue shooting in Copenhagen by urging European Jews to emigrate to Israel.
Netanyahu’s invitation comes despite reassurances from his Danish counterpart Helle Thorning-Schmidt that Denmark’s Jews belong there and that everything would be done to protect them.
Warning that more anti-Semitic attacks like those in France and now Denmark are likely, the Israeli prime minister spoke out at the start of his weekly cabinet meeting:
“Jews have been murdered again on European soil only because
they were Jews,” said Netanyahu.
“This wave of attacks is expected to continue, including murderous anti-Semitic attacks.
“Of course, Jews deserve protection in every country but we say to
Jews, to our brothers and sisters: ‘Israel is your home’. We are preparing and calling for the absorption of mass immigration from Europe.”
The cabinet later submitted a plan to encourage the absorption
of Jews from France, Belgium and Ukraine, with immigration from other European countries to be discussed at a later date.
Under Israel’s Law of Return, anyone with at least one Jewish grandparent has a right of immigration to Israel and, once there, can receive Israeli citizenship automatically.