Asserting that radical Islam is now at war with the West, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told French Jews yesterday -- after 17 people including five Jews were killed during three days of Islamist attacks in Paris -- that Israel is their home, the Times of Israel website reports today (January 11, 2015).
Four of the Jewish fatalities occurred during the January 9 attack on a Jewish supermarket, while the fifth person of Jewish descent, cartoonist Georges Wolinski, was gunned down in a January 7 attack at Charlie Hebdo's newspaper headquarters.
"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," he said in a televised statement, referring to the Jewish practice of facing Jerusalem during prayer.
"All Jews who want to immigrate to Israel will be welcomed here warmly and with open arms. We will help you in your absorption here in our state that is also your state," the prime minister concluded.