Netanyahu: Israel Only Place You Can Proudly Proclaim 'I Am a Jew'

In wake of Paris attack, Israeli prime minister calls on thousands of young Jews at Birthright mega event to make aliyah.

Olivier Fitoussi

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on thousands of young Jewish adults to move to Israel at a Birthright mega event in Jerusalem, Repeating a message that he has said repeatedly since the Paris attack on a kosher supermarket.

"I call on all the Jews around the world; come to Israel,” Netanyahu told the crowd, “this is your land, this is your birthright and the only place you can proudly proclaim 'I am a Jew.'"

Speaking after his return from France during which he attended the massive memorial rally for the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris, Netanyahu said: “French citizens rightfully proclaimed 'Je suis Charlie' But the relevant question remains: can Jews everywhere march in the streets and proclaim 'Je suis Juif"?' “In Israel every Jew can say 'I am a Jew', without any fear or hesitation and with great pride.”

During the event, which marks Birthright Israel's fifteenth anniversary, a moment of silence was observed for the victims of the Paris kosher supermarket attack.