Immigrant chief makes plan for French aliyah

Israel’s minister of immigrant absorption said she will submit to the government a plan easing the path for the growing numbers of French Jews coming to Israel.

While visiting Paris last week, Sofa Landver said though she and her team expect mostly young immigrants, her ministry has plans adapted to all ages and designed to “erase all bureaucratic hurdles” confronting new arrivals.

In addition, the plan will consist of reinforcing in Paris and other French cities the Israeli government personnel who assist those interested in making aliyah.

According to the Israeli ministry’s data, 3,301 new immigrants arrived from France last year, the highest number from that country since 2000.

Asked whether she considered the rise in anti-Semitic incidents in France to be the prime motivation for immigrating to Israel, Landver said that a community confronted with an increase in Jews leaving “reflects signs of discomfort, signs of insecurity and perhaps of anti-Semitism.” — jta