Feb 15, 2015 5:27 AM

Netanyahu calls for 'massive' Jewish immigration to Israel

The Associated Press

JERUSALEM (AP) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is calling for the "massive immigration" of European Jews to Israel following the shooting attack outside a Copenhagen synagogue that killed a Danish Jew.

Netanyahu says the government on Sunday will discuss a $46 million plan to encourage Jewish immigration from France, Belgium and Ukraine.

"This wave of attacks is expected to continue," Netanyahu said at the start of a Cabinet meeting. "Jews deserve security in every country, but we say to our Jewish brothers and sisters, Israel is your home."

A 37-year-old Jewish security guard was killed while standing guard at a bat mitzvah celebration.

Jair Melchior, Denmark's chief rabbi, said he was "disappointed" by Netanyahu's call for immigration following the attack.

"Terror is not a reason to move to Israel," he said.


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