The cabinet on Sunday apppointed a committee to determine criteria for the estbalishment of an “open detention center” for infiltrators who entered Israel illegally through Egypt. The government stated that the committee would complete its work within 60 days and that the facility would be built within six months.
Ministers Benny Begin (Likud), Avishay Braverman (Labor) and Yitzhak Ahronovitch (Yisrael Beiteinu) voted against the decision. The latter said, “I don’t know what an open facility means,’ adding that the government should invest resources in enforcement, legislation and the immediate construction of a barrier on the Israel-Egypt border. He also suggested stationing additional Border Guard officers on the borderline.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu explained why he supports the idea. “There is a growing wave threatening Israeli’s workplaces, a wave of illegal infiltrators which we must stop due to the harsh implications on the State’s character,” he said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting.
Addressing the necessity of the prison, which he defined as a facility, the prime minister said that “we must create a humane response of lodging, food and nursing services until the infiltrators are removed from the country. People have been talking for years about stopping the wave of illegal infiltrators. Now we are no longer talking – this government, as opposed to previous ones, is doing.”
Netanyahu said the State would discuss imposing large fines on employers hiring illegal workers. He said the suggested detention facility was similar to facilities in Holland, Italy and Spain.
The refugees will stay in the facility temporarily “and will be returned to their homelands and interim countries from there,” he said. He added that “this is a combined national plan which will change the direction of the mass entry.” ~ YNet News
Good news for Israel. I hope it works out. Like any nation, Israel has the duty to defend its borders and deport unwanted immigrants.
If only we could have such determined leadership in opposition to the Third World invasion of the U.S.!