The corpses were still warm last week when the Israeli prime minister alighted in Paris to tell French Jews that their real home was Israel.
Netanyahu seemed unconcerned by the interests of the people most affected by his statements, namely France’s Jews. Here they were, looking for reassurances as French citizens, and here was Netanyahu telling them to pack their bags. Yet some of them responded pointedly to his invitation for French Jews to move to Israel.
In practical terms why would French Jews really want to leave France for Israel?
If Netanyahu is counting on Jewish solidarity, he should wake up and realize that most people in the West, Jews or otherwise, remain reluctant to live in unmixed societies.
Most Jews have retained their Jewish identity despite integration, showing that it’s rarely an “either-or” proposition.
Most people, including many Jews, can increasingly see this is an illusion.