Israeli premier needlessly offended European Jews

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 19, 2015

Benjamin Netanyahu's call on Sunday for a "mass-immigration" is a direct extension of his personal belief that he is the "representative of the entire Jewish people".

That is how he described his role at an election event with French-speaking Likud members two weeks ago.


In France, soldiers replace pupils

By Naomi Firsht, January 29, 2015

It has been a time of change for Isaac Touitou, headteacher of the Daniel Mayer-Montreuil ORT school. He has lost 30 pupils who have made aliyah to Israel, but in the past fortnight he has gained nine new recruits - soldiers.


Stop wave of French aliyah, says Burg

By Nathan Jeffay, January 29, 2015

As Israel braces itself for a rush of French Jews claiming automatic citizenship rights, one of the most famous dual Israeli-French figures has said they should be stopped.

Former Knesset speaker Avraham Burg, an ex-chairman of the Jewish Agency, this week told the JC that Israel should abolish the Law of Return legislation that ensures automatic citizenship for all Jews and only guarantee citi


Sale boards at the ready. After all, the French are coming

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 15, 2015

On Monday morning, Israel's largest tabloid, Yediot Ahronot, featured a cartoon showing an estate agent in Netanya reading the paper's headline "Terror in Paris" and immediately cancelling all his employees' holidays.

For local readers the inference is clear - the French are coming.

Last year broke all records for aliyah from France with 7,000 new immigrants arriving in Israel.


Bibi seems happy to pay the price over aliyah call

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 15, 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has come under fire for urging French Jews in the wake of the terror attacks last week in Paris to emigrate to Israel.

While his remarks were certainly undiplomatic, he is not the first Israeli leader to ruffle feathers with such calls.


Ambassador hails Britons aiming to become Israelis

By Simon Rocker, September 23, 2014

Joseph Moses, has given up his job at the Board of Deputies where he was among those battling against the boycott of Israel. Instead, he is heading for a new life in Israel - as one of the hundreds of British Jews making aliyah this year.

"It's always been in the back of my mind," he said.


This connection is not a mirage

By Nathan Jeffay, July 31, 2014

We thought we had seen it all: every warped argument from Israel's haters in relation to its self-defence operation in Gaza. But apparently not.

For one American-Jewish journalist, it is not enough to point fingers at Israel; the Jewish diaspora also has blood on its hands.


Facebook group eases the way towards aliyah

By Charlotte Oliver, July 4, 2014

British young professionals are being encouraged to prepare for life in Israel by joining a social media site which promotes aliyah.

Set up by former Union of Jewish Students' president Joe Tarsh, the Young Olim 2014 Facebook page has attracted substantial interest in the nine months since it was launched.


The new envoys - an Ethiopian and a Bedouin flying the flag for Israel

By Simon Rocker, June 26, 2014

Eginsu Meyer, her husband Joel and their one-year-old daughter Eliya have been living for a year in Golders Green. About the only thing it has in common with her birthplace - an Ethiopian village called Gayne - is that it begins with "G".


UK defies Euro rush to make aliyah

By Daniel Easterman, June 26, 2014

The UK is continuing to defy the wider trends affecting aliyah across Europe and has maintained a constant level compared with last year.

One hundred and seventy one people made aliyah from January to May, compared with 179 in the same period last year.

By contrast, in France the number rose from 580 to 2,254, an increase of 289 per cent.