Full Text Israel Political Brief December 22, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Start of the Weekly Cabinet Meeting on Jonathan Pollard and Illegal Migrants

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PM Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Start of the Weekly Cabinet Meeting

Source: PMO, 12-22-13

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting:

“We do not need any special event in order to discuss the release of Jonathan Pollard. We are dealing with it. I am dealing with it, with all US presidents, including President Obama, all the time, including now. We hope that the conditions will be created that will enable us to bring Jonathan home. This is neither conditional on, nor related to, recent events, even though we have given our opinion on these developments.

Illegal migrants cannot be allowed to take the law into their own hands. We will enforce the law and we will deport them according to law. It must be understood that the State of Israel cannot absorb those seeking work. While we certainly treat genuine refugees with respect and uphold our obligations under the international commitment on this issue, we cannot allow an open border for illegal labor migrants from Africa or any other place. We will not allow this. We blocked illegal migration and we are committed to deporting those who succeeded in migrating here before we blocked the border, and we will carry out this commitment, if not down to the last migrant then certainly regarding most of them. This is both our intention and our mission.”

Israel Political Brief June 2, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu eyes repatriation of illegal African migrants

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Netanyahu eyes repatriation of illegal migrants

Source: JTA, 6-2-13

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for the repatriation of illegal migrants days after a government attorney said Israel has reached an agreement with unnamed counties to repatriate migrants from Sudan and Eritrea….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 26, 2013: Israel secretly repatriated 1,000 Sudanese citizens

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Report: Israel secretly repatriated 1,000 Sudanese citizens

Source: JTA, 2-26-13

Israel secretly repatriated at least 1,000 Sudanese citizens via a third country, an Israeli newspaper reported….READ MORE

Israel Brief January 17, 2013: Israel welcomes 2000th Bnei Menashe oleh from India

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Israel welcomes 2000th Bnei Menashe oleh from India

Source: Jerusalem Post, 1-17-13

Israel welcomed its 2,000th member of the Bnei Menashe community on Thursday, when a flight carrying 53 of the tribe members from the state of Manipur in Northeast India touched down at Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion Airport….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief September 23, 2012: Israel envoy to UN: Act to right wrong to Jews expelled from Arab lands

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Israel envoy to U.N.: Act to right wrong to Jews expelled from Arab lands

Source: JTA, 9-23-12

The United Nations must act to right the “historic wrong” done to Jewish refugees expelled from Arab countries, said Israel’s U.N. ambassador to the world body, Ron Prosor….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief August 19, 2012: Nathan Sharansky: Iran fears delaying immigration plans

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Sharansky: Iran fears delaying immigration plans

Source: JTA, 8-19-12

Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky said the fear of a war with Iran has caused Jews in the Diaspora to delay their aliyah plans….READ MORE

 

Full Text Israel Political Brief August 14, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Speech at the Nefesh B’Nefesh Welcoming Ceremony at Ben-Gurion Airport

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PM Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Nefesh B’Nefesh Welcoming Ceremony at Ben-Gurion Airport

Source: PMO, 8-14-12

Welcome to the Land of Israel; welcome to the State of Israel; welcome home.

Today we have with us 127 immigrants who are joining the Israel Defense Forces.  Well done.  You are coming here to defend the State of Israel, the people of Israel, the future of the Jewish people.  We defend the Jewish people here in the State of Israel, and you are joining the IDF ranks.  I take my hat off to you, as does Natan Sharansky and the entire nation.  Well done to all of you.

Ninety-three children are here with you today out of 350 immigrants.  In the ten years Nefesh B’Nefesh has operated, they have brought 33,000 new immigrants to Israel, mostly from North America.  This is a tremendous achievement – tremendous – and it is yours.  It is not that the country does not have any tasks to carry out; there are many.  However, we have a dynamic, developing society, a strong country, a country with confidence in itself, and we must defend this country as you are doing by joining the IDF, as well as by other means.

Today, I decided to appoint MK Avi Dichter to serve as the Minister for Home Front Defense.  He previously served as Minister of Internal Security; he was also the head of the Shin Bet.  I remember him from 40 years ago when we served together in the IDF Special Forces.  He has many virtues and he is now charged with a very important mission: to continue doing what he has been doing his whole life – contributing to the security of the country.

Because I attribute great importance to home front defense, my government has invested a great deal in it, as no other government before ours has.  We have done a great deal already, but there is a great deal more to do and Avi Dichter, as Minister of Home Front Defense, will do so in his new position.  I am certain that you join the entire nation in congratulating him on this important new appointment.

I would like to say a few words to you in the language that is still customary for you – in English.  I am certain that in time, Hebrew will become no less customary.

Transcription

Welcome to Israel.  Welcome home.

I was given a list of all the places you come from.  You come from California, from New Jersey, from Ohio, and from over two dozen states across America.  And I understand you also come from Alberta and from Quebec.

But the truth is you all come from one place – Israel.  This is the land where we all come from.  This is the land where our ancestors lived.  And this is the place where our identity as a people was forged.  And this is the country where the Jewish people are building the Jewish future.

I want to talk to the 127 olim who are joining the IDF today.  Each of the 350 people who have made Aliyah today have decided to link their personal future with the future of the Jewish State and the Jewish people.  But you’ve decided to do something else.  You’ve decided to defend the Jewish future.

And to have the opportunity to do so is a great privilege.  It wasn’t accorded to previous generations of Jews.  In previous times, for almost two millennia, the Jews could not defend themselves.  This is the great transformation that occurred in our time – that we can regain our destiny and defend our future – and this is a privilege that you have now decided to practice personally, thereby altering your lives and the Jewish future as well.

I can tell you that the founders of Modern Zionism did not think that when we amass back in our ancestral homeland, and we restore the capacity to defend ourselves, that anti-Semitism would disappear.  That is not what they thought.  But they thought that we could defend ourselves against anti-Semitic assaults, and those have not been eliminated.  They have not disappeared.  On the contrary, there is a rise of a new anti-Semitism.  As the Jewish State progresses and rises, so does anti-Semitism, but it changes form and we see today a virulent attack on the Jewish people – a virulent new form of anti-Semitism.

And we need to defend ourselves against that and those who give it intellectual support.  This is a job that we all have to do, but the most important job is to defend the Jewish State.  This we are doing – this you are doing.  And I’m proud of you.  I think the whole people are proud of you. The friends of Israel, Jews and non-Jews alike are proud of you.

And I want to encourage you to progress personally, but also as a group.  I’d like to meet all of you in three years time.  Wait until you finish your service.  Tony this is a request that I make with my colleagues here.  I’d like to meet all of you, and when you finish your service to the army, I want to salute you again and I want to encourage you to rise and thrive in the one and only Jewish State.

Welcome to Israel.  Welcome home.  Thank you very much.

Israel Brief August 14, 2012: New olim joining the military land in Israel

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New emigres joining the military land in Israel

Source: JTA, 8-14-12

A charter aliyah flight carrying 127 young men and women who will be joining the Israel Defense Forces landed in Israel….READ MORE

Full Text Israel Political Brief July 15, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Start of the Weekly Cabinet Meeting Discussing African Infiltrators

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Following are Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting today:

“I spoke a short while ago with Be’er Sheva Mayor Rubik Danilovich. He was very, very excited because today we are dedicating the high-speed rail link, and now it will be 55 minutes from Be’er Sheva to Tel Aviv and from Tel Aviv to Be’er Sheva. This is down from 76 minutes and we will yet lower it to 45 minutes.

This is a revolution that we always dreamed about. We are carrying it out. It seems to me that this idea started when Silvan Shalom was Finance Minister and I am proud of the fact that we in this Government, with our energetic Transportation Minister, are realizing this, with support from the Finance Ministry. This is huge. At the same time, today we will also dedicate the high-speed line from Kiryat Gat to Tel Aviv – 32 minutes. I remind you that this takes much longer than most US and European cities, from the large cities – to go from the city center to the outskirts, than it takes today to go from central Tel Aviv to Kiryat Gat, and even to Be’er Sheva. This is a great cultural, social and national revolution that has to do with population dispersal, creating new possibilities and growth – I think that we can definitely be proud here that we are finally joining the periphery to the center, and the center to the periphery, and this has tremendous consequences, and therefore we are pleased to see the fruit of Government policy.”

Pursuant to the report that 12 infiltrators were detained over the weekend, 64 last week and 183 since the beginning of the month, the Prime Minister said:

“To compare, 1,000 infiltrators crossed last month. In May, there were 2,000. I remind you that all those who reached the border did not reach the border, sit there and wait for a ride to Tel Aviv or other localities in the State of Israel. This is not what happened. They came and were taken immediately to detention, and we have increased the number of holding places, we increased them thanks to vigorous Government action.

At the same time, this week we will complete the 200th kilometer of the fence. It will take us another few months to complete the 20 additional kilometers in the mountainous areas around Eilat and in the central part of the border with Egypt, and we are applying, I would say, great conscious pressure in Africa to explain to infiltrators that the rules of the game have changed.

Additionally, on my instructions, at the more or less weekly meeting that I hold on the issue of infiltrators – we are going to apply very great pressure on employers, first of all, via the tax authorities, so that they know that there are no free lunches here, and we have also advanced draft legislation to impose much sharper punishments on the employers. The infiltrators come here because they want work. As soon as they know that there is no work here, they will not come, and we still have much to do, and we are working in many areas, some of which I have not mentioned, but there is no doubt that regarding everything we have to do – we are changing the trend, and Israel is headed in the right direction in regard to dealing with a fundamental problem that threatens its Jewish and democratic character.”

 

Israel Political Brief July 8, 2012: Israeli Government to Provide New Immigrant Students College Scholarships & Hebrew Language Schools

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Israeli government to support new immigrant students

Source: JTA, 7-8-12

Israel’s government has budgeted more than $10 million to provide college scholarships and Hebrew language schools to new immigrants.

The Cabinet decision Sunday to continue to financially support the Immigrant Absorption Ministry Student Authority is “ensuring the continuation of its joint projects with the Jewish Agency which, due to budgetary constraints, faced uncertain futures,” according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief July 8, 2012: Israel Will Bring in Remaining Ethiopian Immigrants

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Israel will bring in remaining Ethiopian immigrants

Source: JTA, 7-8-12

Israel’s government agreed to expedite the arrival of the final Ethiopian immigrants waiting to come to Israel.

Under the plan approved Sunday by the Cabinet, some 2,200 Falash Mura — Ethiopians whose ancestors converted from Judaism to Christianity — will be brought to Israel by March 2014….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief June 26, 2012: Israel deports 150 more South Sudanese migrants

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Israel deports 150 more South Sudanese

Source: JTA, 6-26-12

Israel deported 150 more migrants from South Sudan.

A planeload with the African migrants, which Israel calls illegal infiltrators, left Israel for South Sudan on Monday evening. Some 120 South Sudanese migrants had left Israel last week.

The migrants reportedly are leaving voluntarily in exchange for a cash grant and a flight home. Migrants who do not leave voluntarily will be imprisoned, according to reports.

Israel rounded up dozens of South Sudanese last week in immigration control sweeps….READ MORE

Full Text Israel Political Brief June 24, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Start of the Weekly Cabinet Meeting on Gaza Rocket Attacks & African Migrant Deportations

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Source: PMO, 6-24-12

Following are Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks at the start of the Cabinet meeting today:

Regarding events in the south, the IDF is taking strong action against those who are attacking us and it will take even stronger action if need be. Our policy is to use force in order to restore security and quiet to the residents of the south.

Tomorrow, another plane will leave for South Sudan. Two additional planes will leave next week. I note that in the wake of our decision a few weeks ago, any infiltrator who sits on the border and waits for a bus to take him to Tel Aviv will now be taken to years of detention.  This is already making itself felt.

At the same time, we are completing 190 kilometers of fence this week. The section around Eilat, which we thought would take more time, is being built quickly. Therefore, the combination of these things, including fines and punishments for those who employ illegal infiltrators, I think has begun to reverse the trend, and we will solve this problem.

Thank you.”

Israel Political Brief June 14, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Promises Swift Solution to Illegal Infiltrator Problem

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Netanyahu Promises Swift Solution to Infiltrator Problem

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu: The problem of infiltrators is now being dealt with. We will stop the flood of infiltrators.
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu promised on Wednesday that the problem of illegal infiltrators will be solved within a short time period.

Speaking at a meeting of the ministerial team on the development of Eilat, Netanyahu said, “The problem of infiltrators is now being dealt with. The fence will be finished in a few months. We will stop the flood of infiltrators. This week we passed in the Knesset a law to step up punishment of those employers who bring illegal infiltrators. We are now building holding facilities near the fence so that we will be able to move the infiltrators directly to detention for up to three years. We have also started actions to repatriate the illegal infiltrators to their countries of origin. We will solve the problem.”…READ MORE

Full Text Israel Political Brief June 7, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Remarks on the Issue of the National Emergency Plan to Deport Illegal South Sudanese Migrant Infiltrators

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PM Netanyahu’s Remarks on the Issue of the National Emergency Plan to Remove Infiltrators

Source: PMO, 6-7-12

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks today following a discussion that was held on the issue of illegal infiltrators. Interior Minister Eli Yishai, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich and Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman, as well as IDF, Israel Police and Prison Service representatives, attended the discussion.

“I held an additional discussion – along with the Interior Minister, the Public Security Minister and the Justice Minister, as well as with professional elements – in the framework of the national emergency plan to remove infiltrators. This is a serious problem and we are dealing with it.

First, we will complete the fence as quickly as possible and deal with infiltrations until the fence is completed. Second, we will build detention facilities including thousands of units. Third, we will move infiltrators directly from the border to the facilities. We needed to make several changes and we made them. Fourth, we will punish those who illegally employ infiltrators. Next week will be the second and third Knesset readings of a law that will deal severely with such employers, and allow their businesses to be closed.

At the same time, the Interior Minister is preparing to issues orders that will allow for the detention of the infiltrators. This is still partial but it is a start. The Public Security Minister will detain infiltrator criminals in the Tel Aviv area and put them in prison, and this will be done in addition to the continued deployment of a Border Police unit in southern Tel Aviv.

I believe that these and other measures, which I will not detail here, will begin to reverse the trend and we will solve it.”

Israel Political Brief June 7, 2012: Jerusalem Court Clears Way for Deportation of South Sudanese Migrants — Annuls Collective Protection

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Jerusalem court clears way for deportation of S. Sudanese migrants

Source: JTA, 6-7-12

A Jerusalem court ruled that Israel could deport South Sudanese migrants who entered the country illegally.

Thursday’s decision in Jerusalem District Court was in response to an appeal by nongovernmental organizations representing African migrants. The appeal was filed after Israel’ s Interior Minister Eli Yishai issued a decision to return the migrants.

Israel recognized South Sudan a day after it officially announced its independence from Sudan last July 9 and initiated formal ties three weeks later.

The decision paves the way for the deportation of about 1,500 South Sudanese who entered Israel illegally. Yishai said that he hoped the decision would be a precedent to allow the deportation of African nationals from other countries.

“This is not a war against infiltrators,” Yishai said, according to The Jerusalem Post. “This is a war for the preservation of the Zionist and Jewish dream in the land of Israel.”…READ MORE

South Sudanese have 7 Days to Leave or be Deported

About 700 to 1,000 South Sudanese will face arrest and deportation, after court annuls collective protection afforded them.

Israel feeds illegal African infiltrators

Israel feeds illegal African infiltrators
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Between 700 and 1,000 citizens of South Sudan who are illegally staying in Israel have seven days to leave the country of their own free will or face arrest, the Population, Immigration and Border Authority (PIBA) announced Thursday.

The announcement follows a court decision Thursday morning to remove the collective protection that had been given to the South Sudanese in Israel. PIBA said that those who wish to be accompanied and assisted by its Unit for Voluntary Departure, will receive assistance.

The decision by the Jerusalem District Court makes it possible for PIBA to take steps to expel the illegal immigrants and punish their employers.

The decision only applies to citizens of South Sudan, who are a relatively small group among the illegal aliens from Africa currently in Israel. The illegal aliens from Sudan number about 10,000, and those from Eritrea number over 35,000….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 24, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Assures Israel will Solve African Migrant Problem — Deportations to Begin ‘Soon’ After Tel Aviv Rally Takes Violent Turn

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Israel will solve African migrant problem, Netanyahu assures

Source: JTA, 5-24-12

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decried violence against African migrants following a night of violent protest.”There is no place for either the expressions or the actions that we witnessed last night,” Netanyahu said Thursday, a day after a demonstration in south Tel Aviv against illegal African migrants turned violent. “I say this to the public at large as well as to the residents of south Tel Aviv, whose pain I understand.”

Netanyahu said the problem of the infiltrators would be solved.

“We will complete construction of the fence within a few months and we will soon begin repatriating infiltrators back to their countries of origin,” he said.

Wednesday night’s violent protest in south Tel Aviv’s Hatikvah neighborhood, involving about 1,000 protesters, ended with 17 arrests.

Protesters attacked African migrants who passed the demonstration, and smashed the windshield of a car carrying three migrants as well as other car windows. They also set trash bins on fire and threw firecrackers at police, Ynet reported. The rioters also broke into and looted shops associated with the African migrant community….READ MORE

Netanyahu: Deportations to Begin ‘Soon’

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said his government will begin enforcing Israel’s immigration laws soon; calls for calm in Tel Aviv

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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday vowed to begin enforcing Israel’s immigration laws and deporting illegal aliens “soon.”

“The problem of the illegal aliens must be solved and we will solve it,” Netanyahu said. “We will complete construction of the fence within a few months and we will soon begin repatriating illegal aliens back to their countries of origin..”

“However,” Netanyahu said in reference to violence that erupted following a rally in south Tel Aviv demanding deportations begin. “I would like to make it clear that there is no place for either the expressions or the actions that we witnessed last night.”

“I say this to the public and the residents of Tel Aviv,” he added. “We will solve the problem and we will do so responsibly.”

On Wednesday, more than 1,000 people calling for immigration laws to be enforced demonstrated at the corner of Irgun and Haganah in the southern Tel Aviv neighborhood of Hatikva.

During the rally, MK Danny Danon – who chairs the Knesset committee tasked with preventing illegal immigration to Israel – declared to demonstrators, “The state of Israel is at war with an enemy state that has formed within Israel and has its capital in southern Tel Aviv!”

After the rally some protesters smashed windows, lit garbage cans on fire, and damaged a car that had three illegal aliens in it. No one was hurt in the incident. On Thursday police arrested 12 people on suspicion of attacking the vehicle, and running riot.

Witnesses say vast majority of those who attended the rally both arrived and departed peacefully, despite the deep frustration felt by local residents.

Late last year, Netanyahu – who has described the deluge of illegal aliens in Israel a “national catastrophe” and “demographic threat” – said he would travel to Africa to meet with leaders and arrange for the safe return of their nationals currently in Israel.

Israel, a small nation of some 8 million people – of whom 75% are Jewish – does not have the capacity to absorb large numbers of non-Jewish immigrants or refugees while at the same time ensuring the Jewish character of the state.

Israel’s left has derided attempts to deport illegal aliens as ‘racism’ and ‘incitement,’ and argued that returning African refugees to their countries – especially Sudanese nationals – would endanger their lives.

However, discussions between the Foreign Ministry and the Attorney General this week concluded that in most cases illegal aliens from Africa can be safely returned to their countries of origin….READ MORE

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