Olmert calls on Russian Jews to 'pack their bags'

October 19, 2006 17:27

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called on the Russian Jewish community on Thursday to "pack their bags" and emigrate to Israel even though their lives in Russia were "comfortable" and they had a "friendly and supportive" president in Vladimir Putin. Olmert was speaking at an event with the local Jewish community at a Chabad center in Moscow, which was attended by Russian-Israeli billionaire Lev Leviev. At the event, Olmert praised Leviev for his Jewish educational projects throughout Russia. Olmert held separate meetings in the afternoon with a small group of parents of IDF soldiers and another group whose children fell during their army service.

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