JERUSALEM — Israel’s prime minister on Sunday called for the “massive immigration” of European Jews to Israel following a deadly shooting near Copenhagen’s main synagogue, renewing a blunt message that has upset some of Israel’s friends in Europe.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that at a time of rising anti-Semitism in Europe, Israel is the only place where Jews can truly feel safe. His comments triggered an angry response from Copenhagen’s chief rabbi, Jair Melchior, who said he was “disappointed” by the remarks. “People from Denmark move to Israel because they love Israel, because of Zionism. But not because of terrorism,” Melchior said. “If the way we deal with terror is to run somewhere else, we should all run to a deserted island.”
Netanyahu issued his call during the meeting of his Cabinet, which approved an earlier $46 million plan to encourage Jewish immigration from France, Belgium and Ukraine.