Netanyahu Urges 'Mass Immigration'
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel said Sunday that his government was encouraging a "mass immigration" of Jews from Europe, reopening a contentious debate about Israel's role at a challenging time for European Jews and a month before Israel's national elections.
Speaking the morning after a Jewish guard was fatally shot outside a synagogue in Copenhagen, Denmark, in one of two attacks there, the remarks echoed a similar call by the prime minister inviting France's Jews to move to Israel after last month's attacks in Paris. Critics said then that the expression of such sentiments so soon after the Paris shootings was insensitive and divisive.
"Jews have been murdered again on European soil only because they were Jews," Netanyahu said in Jerusalem. "Of course, Jews deserve protection in every country, but we say to Jews, to our brothers and sisters: Israel is your home."
New York Times