Israeli government ministers are being warned to prepare for “large-scale immigration” as anti-Semitism rises abroad.
“We are taking action and must continue to do so that those Jews will come here and not go to other countries. The manifestations of anti-Semitism in various European countries will not be forgotten and will even increase due – inter alia – to the rise of the forces of extremist Islam and additional changes that are taking place there.
“It must be assumed that the situation will worsen and that pressure on the communities will increase,” Netanyahu continued. “We are facing a major wave of immigration for which we must be prepared.”
Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky, Aliyah and Immigration Absorption Minister Sofa Landver, and ministry officials also briefed ministers on the actions being taken to strengthen and assist Jewish communities around the world, according to a communique sent to media.
Possibly as a follow up to the necessity of conserving resources in order to prepare for mass immigration, the cabinet also discussed and approved draft legislation on reducing the use of cash in the economy.
Also discussed and approved was draft legislation on electronic check clearing, a move that will streamline financial processing in the country.