JERUSALEM, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- The Israeli cabinet has approved a budget to finance the cost of an expected influx of immigrants from Belgium, France and Ukraine to Israel.
The $46 million budget approved on Sunday includes plans to subsidize Hebrew lessons, provide individual assistance and information to immigrants and to make it easier for them to go through the absorption process.
"We are telling our Jewish brothers and sisters that Israel is your home," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during the cabinet meeting.
Netanyahu had previously urged Jews in Europe to return to Israel after the recent attacks on Jewish people in Europe and rising anti-Semitic sentiments.
"To the Jews of Europe and to the Jews of the world I say that Israel is waiting for you with open arms," he said.
All Jewish immigrants who move to Israel are entitled to financial benefits under Israeli law.
"This is a significant decision with an emphasis on enhanced absorption adapted to the needs of immigrants," Sofa Landver, Minister of Immigrant Absorption, told Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom.
The Ministry of Immigrant Absorption in Israel had a record 6,658 Jews immigrating from France to Israel last year. Last month there were almost 2,000 immigration petitions from France.
More than 15,000 are expected to immigrate from France in 2015.
Four hostages were killed at a kosher market in France during the terrorist attacks in Paris last month.
Almost 6,000 Jews immigrated from Ukraine to Israel last year, more than triple than the previous year. In the past month about 1,300 immigration petitions were filed from the Ukraine.
More than 5,300 people have died and 1.5 million have been displaced since the start of the conflict in Ukraine.
On Saturday, a Jewish man and a film director were killed in attacks in Copenhagen, Denmark.
"We are bracing ourselves and calling for a mass immigration from Europe," Netanyahu said.