PM: Number of illegal migrants may reach 600,000 (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Omri Efraim Published: 05.20.12, 12:40)
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Cabinet meets on Ammunition Hill in honor of Jerusalem Day. Netanyahu
says government increasing efforts to stop flow of African migrants.
Yishai: Giving them jobs won´t help
"The illegal immigration phenomenon is very severe and threatens
national security and identity," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
said Sunday, adding that "this problem began more than seven years
Speaking at the weekly cabinet meeting, which was held at Ammunition
Hill in honor of Jerusalem Day, Netayahu said his government was
working to curb the flow of illegal migrants and to "begin removing"
others from Israel.
"Currently there are 60,000 infiltrators in Israel, but if we do not
stop (infiltration into Israel) this number can easily reach
600,000," Netanyahu told his ministers.
According to Netanyahu, the "flood" of illegal African migrants
through the Egyptian border poses a threat to the country´s "identity
as a Jewish and democratic state. Therefore, we were forced to erect
a physical barrier (border fence) that will be completed by October."
Addressing Jerusalem Day, the PM said "we have come as a united
government to a united Jerusalem. We are committed to the development
of the city and to working with the mayor to usher the city into the
21st century while preserving its unique history."
Interior Minister Eli Yishai addressed recent comments made by Police
Commissioner Yohanan Danino and Internal Security Minister Yitzhak
Aharonovitch regarding the need to provide jobs to the
migrants. "Those who believe that it would help if we give them jobs
are wrong. They have taken root here. (Giving them jobs) would be one
of the biggest mistakes the government could make," the Shas chairman
Prior to the cabinet´s meeting, Minister Uzi Landau said illegal
immigration was "not a socio-economic problem, but a strategic one"
with security-related repercussions.
He said Mossad and the Shin Bet security service should be tasked
with "stopping the flow (of illegal migrants) and dealing with crime
networks and smugglers."
Minister Gilad Erdan responded to the South African proposal to label
goods produced in Jewish settlements in the West Bank, saying the
decision "mainly hurts Palestinian society and employment. This will
not resolve the conflict." (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet
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