We’re not building our immigration strategy on tragic events, Jewish Agency chief says, but on the fact that European Jews are increasingly uncomfortable.
The Times of Israel (Jan 12) — After Islamist terrorists massacred 12 people in the heart of Paris, Jewish Agency head and former Soviet Prisoner of Zion Natan Sharansky said Thursday, “We’re not building our aliyah strategy on tragic events. We’re building it on the fact that there is this place in the world called Europe, where Jews are feeling increasingly uncomfortable.” Sharansky predicted more than 10,000 French Jews will move to Israel in 2015 – breaking 2014’s record of 7,000.
“If France and the other Western nations will not fight quickly and strongly for reestablishing the civilization of liberal nations, Europe is in danger,” he said. “The exodus of Jews, as many times in the past, is the first harbinger, a warning of where it goes.”
“It was an ideological decision of this post-modern Europe that all cultures have the same values and therefore we cannot demand from them to change, to betray their culture for the sake of ours.” Large parts of France’s huge Muslim immigrant community don’t feel loyal to the liberal values of society, he asserted. “Multiculturalism…created inside the society of a proud liberal nation a society of people who believe they can really challenge freedom of speech by terror.”
France’s error was to give citizenship to millions without demanding that they share French values, and it made this mistake because it believes that values are something relative.