World Bulletin/News Desk
Israel's parliamentary elections committee on Monday will discuss whether to expand settlements in the occupied West Bank to accommodate French Jews who might immigrate to Israel in the wake of last week's attacks in Paris, The Jerusalem Post has reported.
The planned committee meeting comes in response to a request by Meretz Party leader Zahava Gal-On, the newspaper reported on Wednesday.
Earlier this week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the government would also discuss measures aimed at promoting Jewish immigration from France – and the rest of Europe – to Israel.
A number of top Israeli officials called on French Jews to immigrate to the self-proclaimed Jewish state after four Jews were killed in an armed attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris last Friday.
The attack came in the wake of last Wednesday's assault on the Paris headquarters of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, in which 12 people were killed.
On Wednesday, Israeli Housing Minister Uri Ariel said he had already begun taking steps to prepare West Bank housing for potential French Jewish immigrants.
"There is no doubt that the Jews of France, who already deeply identify with the Zionist settlement enterprise in the West Bank, will want to settle there once they arrive in Israel," Ariel was quoted as saying.
Two days ago, thousands of Israelis took part in a mass funeral for the four slain Jews, whose bodies were brought to Israel for burial in West Jerusalem.
Netanyahu and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin attended the funeral, along with opposition leader Isaac Herzog and French Energy and Environment Minister Segolene Royal.Last Mod: 15 Ocak 2015, 21:58