WZO announces plan to bring French Jews to Israel

World Zionist Organization vice-chairman Yaakov Hagoel states Israel must prepare for increase in aliyah caused by rising anti-Semitism.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Yaakov Hagoel
Yaakov Hagoel
Arutz Sheva

The World Zionist Organization has initiated a program to bring large numbers of French Jews to Israel in response to rising anti-Semitism.

WZO vice-chairman Yaakov Hagoel revealed the program in a letter he handed to Immigration and Absorption Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata.

Hagoel explained his belief that an exodus of Jews from France and other places is likely in the near future, and Israel should make every effort to bring them to the Jewish State.

"The situation in France is deteriorating every day," Hagoel said. "Between the worsening economic situation and rising anti-Semitism, and France is giving in to extreme Islamic Jihad."

The plan envisions 50,000 French Jews making aliyah in the short term, and another half-million Jews making aliyah from around the world over the next few years.

According to Hagoel, the plan is necessary because Israel failed to take advantage of previous surges in interest in Aliyah among French Jews. "Since 2015, there has been a decrease in the percentage of French Jewish immigration to Israel due to various barriers and difficulties in absorption."

"First of all, we need to have a list of businesses which are willing to employ the olim in exchange for tax benefits or government subsidizing, putting the system in place in France first so as to allow the new arrivals the ability to adjust to their new lives as quickly as possible," he said.

"All government ministries must mobilize for the issue and bring the Jews of France to Israel," Hagoel said, "This is our Zionism today."