Yishai: Infiltrators pose an 'existential threat' to Israel

November 22, 2010 14:10

African infiltrators in Israel pose an "existential" threat to the country said Interior Minister Eli Yishai at a Knesset Committee on Foreign Workers discussion on the state's handling of the increasing number of infiltrators.

"This is an existential danger to Israel, there are those who do not like to hear these things, but it's real," said Yishai, who also referred to the building of a fence along the Israeli-Egyptian border which was set to begin Monday. "I am happy about the start of the fence's construction, but if it takes two years to finish, there will be another 30,000 infiltrators here and it will be too late."

Yishai also attacked human rights organizations that help those seeking asylum, saying that the situation in Eilat regarding the number of infiltrators is dire. "Whoever is not there [in Eilat], keeps on talking. I suggest those people come to Eilat for a tour, to see the tears in the eyes of residents and elderly people that are cooped up in their homes and don't dare to leave. Also in south Tel Aviv, everything is falling apart. You could just cry from what is happening there."

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