Rivlin to US ambassador: Gov't must solve migrant problem

May 24, 2012 13:50

The government must find a solution for the migrant issue, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin said on Thursday, in a meeting with US ambassador Dan Shapiro.

"There is no doubt that the State of Israel has a serious problem connected to infiltrators and refuge-seekers, and the government must find a solution," Rivlin said.

According to Rivlin, there is constant tension between the need to protect national and social interests, and Jewish sentiment and morals, which seek to protect the weak.

The Knesset Speaker expressed disapproval of the atmosphere in Wednesday night's protest in Tel Aviv, saying that demonstrations are valid, but they cannot turn into incitement.

"We cannot use the kind of language anti-Semites use about us," he stated. "We are a nation that suffered from incitement and harassment, so we must be especially sensitive and moral."

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