Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will work to advance new legislation allowing
Israel to jail “illegal work infiltrators” at detention facilities in the south,
the Prime Minister’s Office said on Thursday.
Netanyahu’s office said
that the legislation would take into account recommendations made by Interior
Minister Gideon Sa’ar this week, which were meant to find legal means to deal
with the African migrant issue.
Last month, the Supreme Court overturned
an amendment to the infiltrator’s law that allowed Israel to jail migrants in
detention centers for three years pending a review of their refugee status.
Reports earlier this week indicated that in an attempt to get around that
decision, Sa’ar, the Interior Ministry and the Justice Ministry were working to
formulate a plan that would once again see migrants jailed, but not for as long
In a hearing held by Netanyahu with Sa’ar and Attorney General
Yehuda Weinstein Thursday morning, the prime minister said that “it’s impossible
to stop the infiltrators solely through the use of a fence. We must continue to
incorporate the different means that will bring to the absolute end of
infiltration to Israel – a physical barrier alongside efficient legal and
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