Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman speaks to the press before the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem.
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Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman on Monday said that he hopes that all of the world's Jews will eventually make aliya to Israel.
Speaking to Army Radio from Paris, where on Sunday he participated alongside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other world leaders in an anti-terror march following a violent week in France, Liberman said that "Israel's message is that we are here with them. We won't forget our brothers, no matter where they are."
"I hope that aliya will bring all the world's Jews to Israel, it doesn't matter from where," he said.
Liberman said that his call for aliya doesn't necessarily have to do with the recent anti-Semitic attack in Paris at a kosher supermarket. "Israel's policy has always been to have an aliya of Jews to Israel."
"The nation of Israel, after thousands of years, finally has a state of our own, and we want to see all of our Jewish brothers here."
On Sunday, dozens of world leaders including Muslim and Jewish statesmen linked arms leading more than one million said participants in an unprecedented march under high security in Paris to pay tribute to victims of Islamist terrorist attacks.
President Francois Hollande and leaders from Germany, Italy, Israel, Turkey, Britain and the Palestinian territories among others, moved off from the central Place de la Republique ahead of a sea of French and other flags. Giant letters attached to a statue in the square spelt out the word Pourquoi?" (Why?) and small groups sang the "La Marseillaise" national anthem.Reuters contributed to this report.