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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israel is not indifferent to the human tragedy of the refugee crisis but is small and cannot simply throw open its doors to the flood, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting.

“We have conscientiously treated thousands of wounded from the fighting in Syria, and we have helped them rebuild their lives,” Netanyahu said in response to recriminations from opposition leader Isaac Herzog (Zionist Union), made in remarks yesterday.

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“But Israel is a very small country, with neither demographic or geographic depth, and therefore we must control our borders.”

The prime minister pointed out that Israel must secure its borders not only against illegal immigrants searching for work, but also against terrorists hoping to slaughter Israelis. Instead, he said that he has spoken with African and European nations about developing aid programs for the countries from which the refugees are originating.

To protect Israel’s borders, he said, construction crews will begin to build a security barrier – as other nations have done for similar reasons around the world – similar to that built along the eastern border with Jordan from Gaza to Eilat.

“In the first phase we will build it from Timna to Eilat, to protect the airport being built there, and we will continue it to the Golan Heights, where a very strong security fence has already been built,” he said. “We will not allow Israel to be flooded with illegal immigrants, work-seekers and terrorist activists,” he said.

Immigration and Absorption Minister Ze’ev Elkin commented that the proposals by Herzog and Abbas to absorb refugees is an attempt to “bring the ‘right of return’ through the back door. That is not responsible and it absolutely cannot be allowed to happen.” Elkin said Herzog’s proposal is similar to that of Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who has requested to absorb refugees in Judea and Samaria.

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21 COMMENTS

  1. …..right and a supurb decision from bibi…
    and who is against bibi, is in fact against lsrael…
    herzog and tailers are traitors…
    people who has vowed to wiped out Jews, are just very simply, our enemy…”just kill them before they kill you..”, we just protect our self…
    And that’s what bibi is doing…just to protect lsrael, by not letting these enemies in side beautifull lsrael…

  2. …..right and a supurb decision from bibi…
    and who is against bibi, is in fact against lsrael…
    herzog and tailers are traitors…
    people who has vowed to wiped out Jews, are just very simply, our enemy…”just kill them before they kill you..”, we just protect our self…
    And that’s what bibi is doing…just to protect lsrael, by not letting these enemies in side beautifull lsrael…

  3. The state of Israel must not allow refugees from Syria to enter Israel, because those refugees are Arabs, and the Arabs want to steal the land of the Jews and to transform Israel into a Muslim state, and the Arabs are making war against the Jews, because they are killing or trying to kill the Jews.
    The state of Israel must expel the Arabs from its territory, which includes the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, because it is written in the Torah, in Shemot (Exodus) 23:31-33 and in Bamidbar (Numbers) 33:52, that God commanded Israel to expel the other inhabitants of the Land of Canaan, which is the Land of Israel, which includes all the Palestine. The Arabs invaded the Land of Israel in the year 635 CE, so that they are invaders, and must leave Israel, and return to their own land, which is Arabia. This is not racism, because any person, of any race or ethnicity, can convert to Judaism. Moreover, the Palestinian Arabs are killing the Israeli Jews, so that the Israeli Jews need to expel the Palestinian Arabs from the Land of Israel (Palestine), as self defense, in order to save their lives.

  4. Israel must not allow any of these so called immigrants asylum. These are nothing but filthy scum of the earth arabs. Another big problem facing Israel is all these black african porch monkees who are causing tremendous problems , especially crime. These schwartzas must be rounded up and forced out of Israel. These useless good for nothing africans cause nothing but trouble wherever they go.

  5. I see nothing of Saudi Arabia taking in their own, what do they care anyway, and Jordan? Well Jordan didn't even want to take back their own (the latter day palestinians) who were left in no-man's-land after the six-day-war – No, it would be asking for trouble to take in these refugees. What about the time to go home when the war is over in Syria? – I doubt anyone will return to that war-torn country, from anywhere they have landed, they will just stay where they are and demand each and every country become Islamised.

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