Israel's Prime Minister has risked angering French leaders by telling the country's 500,000 Jewish population that "Israel is your home". The words are unlikely to be greeted well by France's PM who has tried to reassure Jews that they will be protected.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Saturday told Jews in France, after 17 people were killed there in Islamist attacks, that Israel is their home and his government wants them to immigrate.

"To all the Jews of France, all the Jews of Europe, I would like to say that Israel is not just the place in whose direction you pray, the state of  Israel is your home," he said in a statement, referring to the Jewish practice of facing Jerusalem during prayer.

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