Some 140 new immigrants from France found a new home this week in Israel.
According to CBN News, the immigrants were welcomed into the country despite travel restrictions and lockdowns.
“The Jews of Europe and the rest of the world are currently facing complex challenges, and every Jew should know that the gates of this country are still open, even during an emergency or crisis,” said Israel’s Minister of Immigration and Absorption, Pnina Tamano-Shata.
Tamano-Shata is also an immigrant to Israel, who came to the country from Ethiopia.
“The Ministry of Immigration and Absorption will accompany the olim (new immigrants) in their first steps towards integration into Israeli society because only together are we stronger,” she said.
Tamano-Shata added that Israel expects to welcome more than 10,000 immigrants this year.
“I congratulate our brothers and sisters from France, who are Zionists and full of love for this country, and who today, realized their dream of making Aliyah (immigration) and uniting with the people living in Zion,” she said.
The flight was sponsored by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, which has been helping Jews make Aliyah for more than 20 years.