Israeli Ambassador to Germany: European Jews Who Feel Threatened Can Move to Israel

'I do not envy those Jews living in Europe today,' ambassador tells German newspaper.

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Israel's ambassador to Germany told local media that European Jews who feel threatened can emigrate to Israel, according to a report published Sunday.

There is currently a "wave of anti-Semitism" in Europe, Jakov Hadas-Handelsman told the Tagesspiegel newspaper. "I do not envy those Jews living in Europe today," he said.

Many Jews were alienated, scared, or felt themselves threatened, especially given the background of the recent Islamist attacks in Paris and Copenhagen, he said. This was why Israel had made the offer to Jews living in Europe to emigrate, he said. "Whoever feels threatened has the possibility of coming to us today," he was quoted as saying.

Calls by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for Europe's Jews to emigrate have met with objections in Jewish communities across Europe.

Denmark's Chief Rabbi Jair Melchior said that it was the aim of the terrorists to instill fear. "We will not allow ourselves to be forced by terrorists to change our daily lives, to live in fear and flee to other places," Melchior said. The President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany Josef Schuster said there was no guarantee of safety from terrorist attacks in Israel either.

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