ASW previously reported that in response to the rising tide of Antisemitism, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for mass immigration into the country particularly from Europe. This solicitation was reinforced by a $46 million plan to facilitate the absorption.
ASW further posted that no doubt taking their cue from the Prime Minister, Israel’s Foreign Ministry claimed that the Jews of Europe had been “abandoned” making a mass Jewish migration “inevitable”.
Interestingly, Aliyah (Jewish immigration into Israel) figures just released suggest that such a move is already underway. 2014 saw more immigrants arrive in Israel than at any other time in the last 10 years, a 32% increase on 2013.
More telling is that for the first time France tops the list of countries of origin since the establishment of the State.
Other European countries with increase rates of Aliyah are:
– United Kingdom, 20% increase
– Italy, 50% increase
– Russia, 100% increase from 2013
– Ukraine, immigration has tripled since the start of the conflict.
Aliyah from Latin America and from the USA remained stable.
The Minister of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, Sofa Landver, expects another immigration record for the current year: “We expect that some 10,000 new immigrants will come from France alone next year, and we will surpass 30,000 immigrants from around the world.”
While some European Jewish community leaders have loudly and robustly criticized Netanyahu’s approach, the real question, in light of the above news, is whether they are the ones out of touch with the reality of the strength of community feeling and reaction to the growth of Antisemitism?
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