JERUSALEM (EJP)---Israeli Minister of Immigration and Absorption called on all Jews of France to ‘’come home’’ after a new Islamist terrorist attack took place Friday near Lyon.
“To all the Jews of France I say: Come home!”, Zeev Elkin said.
“Anti-Semitism is growing, terrorism is rising and according to reports ISIS is committing murder in broad daylight,” he added.
He said Israel was prepared to absorb French Jewish immigrants “with open arms,” adding that Israel was expecting a wave of immigration.
“The absorption staff at Ben Gurion International Airport are expected to work overtime this summer,” he said.
He said “this is a national mission of the highest priority.’’
In 2015, aliyah, immigration, from Francewas up 25 percent compared to the same period in 2014.
Netanyahu said the numerous terror attacks witnessed Friday in France and the Mideast demonstrated that the world was locked in a struggle against “dark forces.”
“The brutal murders in France, Tunisia and Kuwait again underscore that the enlightened world is struggling against dark forces. The fight against the murderous terrorism of extremist Islam requires unity, the beginning of which is the unequivocal condemnation of the murderers and those who support them,” Netanyahu said in a statement to the media.
After an Islamist terrorist attacked a kosher supermarket in January, Netanyahu had called on French Jews to immigrate to Israel.
French President Francois Hollande rebuffed the Israeli call however, insisting France was safe for its Jewish population, which numbers close to half a million souls.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls warned Saturday that France faced more attacks to come after Friday’s grisly killing in which a suspected Islamist pinned the severed head of his boss to the gates of a gas factory. Flags from the Isis terror group were found near the head.
Valls said Friday’s attack would create tension in France — home to Western Europe’s largest Muslim population — that “will be exploited”.
“It’s difficult for a society to live for years under the threat of attack,” he told AFP on a flight back from Bogota, adding: “The question is not… if there will be another attack, but when.”