While Israel is not indifferent to the human tragedy of refugees from Syria and Africa, it is a small country that cannot throw its doors open to them, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday.
Netanyahu's comments, made at the opening of Sunday's weekly cabinet meeting, came a day after opposition leader Isaac Herzog (Zionist Union) called on the government to absorb refugees from Syria.
“We have conscientiously treated thousands of wounded from the fighting in Syria, and we have helped them rebuild their lives," Netanyahu said. “But Israel is a very small country, with neither demographic or geographic depth, and therefore we must control our borders.”
Netanyahu said it must secure the borders both against illegal immigrants looking for work, as well as from terrorists.