President urges world leaders to defend Jews

President Reuven Rivlin calls on governments worldwide to improve security for local Jewish institutions.

“We demand of all governments around the world, and the government of France in particular, to protect and safeguard the security and well-being of the Jewish community,” he says. “There is an obligation to ensure Jews are able to live with dignity and pride, without being victims of attacks, threats and intimidation.”

Speaking at a Bible study session in Jerusalem, he says that Israel will “warmly and affectionately” receive every Jew who’d like to immigrate to Israel and play a part in building the nation.

“However, it is important that this aliya to Israel will not be an aliya of fear, but of choice. An aliya born out of a positive Jewish identity, out of Zionism, and not because of anti-Semitism.”

Israeli president Reuven Rivlin speaks at a memorial ceremony to commemorate 19 years since the assasination of former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, at the president's house in Jerusalem on November 04, 2014. (Photo credit: Mark Neyman/GPO/FLASH90)
President Reuven Rivlin at the president’s house in Jerusalem, November 4, 2014 (photo credit: Mark Neyman/GPO/Flash90)

— Raphael Ahren

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