Absorption Ministry Responds to French MP’s Criticism

A day after a French Jewish lawmaker said that he would advise people not to move to Israel unless their academic degrees were recognized there, the Absorption Ministry has promised to do something about the problem, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported on Wednesday.

Israel’s Ministry of Absorption spokeswoman Alona Kedem said that her ministry is working with the Health Ministry pursuant to a November 2014 Cabinet resolution on “lifting obstructions for the employment of immigrants.”

“We realize there remains work to be done and further issues to be resolved,” Kedem said.

French MP Meyer Habib declared on Monday that he would tell French Jews not to go to Israel to live if the Israeli government didn’t act within three months to recognize professional credentials earned in France.

The problem is a longstanding one, and Habib wrote that efforts to removed obstructions have been “disappointing.”

“I can no longer turn a blind eye to the personal tragedies caused by the torments of Israeli bureaucracy,” he said.