Following more anti-Semitic attacks in Europe, this time in Copenhagen, Denmark, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement on Sunday, calling on European Jews to return “home to Israel” before it’s too late.
Kicking off his weekly Cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said in Jerusalem, “Extremist Islamic terrorism has struck Europe again, this time in Denmark. We send our condolences to the Danish people and to the Jewish community in Denmark.”
The prime minister also spoke about the fact that anti-Semitic attacks on Europe’s Jews are only getting worse.
As the PM warned, “Jews have been murdered again on European soil only because they were Jews and this wave of terrorist attacks – including murderous anti-Semitic attacks – is expected to continue. Of course, Jews deserve protection in every country but we say to Jews, to our brothers and sisters: Israel is your home. We are preparing and calling for the absorption of mass immigration from Europe. I would like to tell all European Jews and all Jews wherever they are: ‘Israel is the home of every Jew.”
The statement comes after two terror attacks in Copenhagen on Saturday night, one at a cafe hosting a “Blasphemy Conference” on free speech, in which a 55-year-old civilian was killed, and a second at a synagogue, where Jewish security guard Dan Ozan, 38, was killed.
Five Danish police officers were also injured in the attacks.
This is the second time Netanyahu has called on Jews living in Europe to return home to Israel, having already appealed to the Jews of France to emigrate.
At the time, he said, “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.”
While the capital cities of Europe scramble to deal with the threat posed to them and their citizens by radical Muslims, Israel looks to deal with threats of war from Hamas in Gaza, as well as Hezbollah in Lebanon, among others.
Which raises the obvious question of why should Jews feel safer in Israel? The answer is complex as it relates more to the overall security of the Jewish people, and rather less to the security of any individual Jew.
In the world today, is is possible for Jews to enjoy total security and peace of mind?
Despite the appeal of the Israeli Prime Minister, the sad answer is — probably not.