Makor Rishon published the following article this week, written by by Dr. Michael Ben- Ari 18 months ago. "The Jews leave France, but not for Israel". The former member of the Knesset, Dr. Michael Ben Ari, shared his reaction to French Jews aliya on Jerusalem24.com. He is so far the only Israeli politician to respond to this phenomenon of Jewish emigration from France towards other horizons than Israel. Similarly, when running for the Knesset at the head of the Otzma Le'Yisrael, Michael Ben-Ari's party was the only one to have in its political program, a plan of national priority for the immigration of Jews from France. Following is the reaction of Michael Ben Ari which also was translated into French.
Michael Ben-Ari wrote:
Reading the article about the emigration of Jews from France to New York, I was appalled. It's been years that I would warn against carelessness and negligence for the aliyah of Jews from France. There are about half a million Jews in France, most following Jewish tradition and they are organized in communities that are strong and united. Their natural tendency is to Zionism. And yet, the Government of Israel and its Ministry of Integration neglect this huge Jewish community. For the State of Israel, this community is a veritable gold mine. The French Jews are Zionist and have good qualities. There are many young families and professionals who not only would find solutions to their personal problems, but which would contribute enormously to the State of Israel if tens of thousands of them came on aliyah annually.
In the past, I have already sounded the alarm on the fact that inaction and lack of understanding of the needs of these Jewish communities of France would lead even to families having already made aliyah, to turn back or to choose other horizons. The reasons for this are first and foremost, the livelihood and also, community life and education.
I proposed and have always proposed the creation of an interdepartmental office for an immigrant program, by the Ministers of Integration, Education, Housing, Industry and Trade in order to devise a plan for the integration of entire communities, for the edification of neighborhoods in which French Jews can easily be absorbed. All this along with education and employment absorption.
Not too late!