(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Israeli Construction Minister Uri Ariel announced Tuesday that he would promote a plan to encourage new French immigrants to Israel to settle in Judea and Samaria.
Israel expects an increase in aliyah from France in 2015, following the recent Islamist terrorist attacks in Paris. Jewish Agency for Israel Chairman Natan Sharansky on Sunday pegged the potential number of French immigrants to Israel this year at 10,000.
In a letter sent to the Yesha Council, the umbrella organization of municipal councils of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, Ariel wrote, “French Jews immigrating to Israel undoubtedly sympathize with the Zionist settlement enterprise in Judea and Samaria. Surely, they would want to settle in one of Judea and Samaria’s communities.”