Netanyahu to French Jews after attacks: 'Israel is your home'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office on January 4, 2015Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Saturday told Jews in France, after 17 people were killed there in Islamist attacks, that Israel is their home and his government wants them to immigrate. “To all the Jews of France, all the Jews of Europe, I would like to say that Israel is not just the place in whose direction you pray, the state of Israel is your home,” he said in a statement, referring to the Jewish practice of facing Jerusalem during prayer. Four of the fatalities in France’s three-day wave of violence were Jews killed in an attack on a kosher supermarket hours before the start of the Jewish Sabbath on Friday. “This week, a special team of ministers will convene to advance steps to increase immigration from France and other countries in Europe that are suffering from terrible anti-Semitism.

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