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Margolin criticizes Netanyahu after calling for "aliya"
Margolin criticizes Netanyahu after calling for "aliya"
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Jerusalem, ALRAY - The director of European Jewish Association (EJA) rebuffed the call of Israeli prime minister for aliya to France , saying “it is not the solution for anti-Semitic terror.”

Rabbi Menachem Margolin, director of (EJA) said “Aliya is one’s personal yearning and should definitely be a goal for Israel,” he said, using the Hebrew term for immigration to what they call the Jewish state.

“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,” Netanyahu said in a statement on Saturday.

He added However, anyone who is familiar with the European reality knows that a call to make aliya is not the solution for anti-Semitic terror.

“The Israeli government must increase security for the European Jewish community, rather than just repeat Pavlovian calls for aliya after every terror attack,” he added.

Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, former finance minister Yair Lapid, and Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman have issued similar calls to French Jewry to move to Israel in the wake of the attack at the HyperCacher kosher supermarket.

Last Friday a deadly hostage took place at a Jewish supermarket Hyper Cacher kosher , and left four French Jews killed.

French government committed in a statement to protect to Jews who live in France, Jewish schools and synagogues will be protected “if necessary” by the French army, Roger Cukierman, president of the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France said after meeting with President Francois Hollande on Sunday.


The announcement came as the director of the European Jewish Association panned the Israeli government for pushing immigration to Israel instead of protecting Jewish communities abroad.

In 2014 , Israeli emigration has hit the record since 1948 as more than 6,600 French Jews left France to, comparing to 3,400 in 2013.


The Jewish community in France amount to Half a million to be the third biggest community of Jews in the world after the community in Israeli and United States of America.