More than 200 French Jews arrived in Israel aboard a special Aliyah (immigration) flight organised by The Jewish Agency for Israel in partnership with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption and Keren Hayesod-UIA.
Upon their arrival at Ben-Gurion Airport, they were greeted by Chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel Natan Sharansky, Minister of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption Sofa Landver, and Chairman of Keren Hayesod-UIA Eliezer (Moodi) Sandberg. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the festive gathering by video.
Upon arrival in the country, the immigrants were greeted with welcoming expressions ranging from signs bearing the words ‘Welcome Home’ to shofar blasts as part of the official ceremony held at Ben Gurion Airport.
Steven from Los Angeles explained how the security situation in Israel did not deter him in the slightest from reaching his decision: “I am not scared at all. In LA, the situation is the same but as a result of crime.
The Olim, of whom 103 are children, will spread throughout the country in their new homes from Be’er Sheva to Jerusalem to Haifa. Immigrating to Israel for Zionist and ideological reasons, the Olim join almost 2,000 more immigrants who made the move this summer.