Likud MK posts Herzog's Knesset office number online after refugee comments

Herzog, after receiving criticism for his statement from several other MKs, responded on his personal Facebook page: "You have forgotten what it means to be Jewish. Refugees. Persecuted."

September 6, 2015 15:14
2 minute read.
herzog speaking to reporters

herzog . (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Opposition leader Isaac Herzog has faced backlash from several MKs for comments he made on Saturday in support of allowing refugees from Syria to enter Israel. Likud MK Nava Boker took to her Facebook page to call out Herzog.

"Dear Syrian refugees, upon your arrival to Israel, please contact MK Issac Herzog for accommodations," she posted, along with Herzog's number at the Knesset.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

"You will be transferred to a comfortable home in the Tzahala neighborhood in Tel Aviv," she joked.

However, not everyone was laughing.

In response to the criticism, Herzog took to Facebook to blast those who do not share his sentiments:

"You have forgotten what it means to be Jewish. Refugees. Persecuted."

Earlier on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to Herzog's bid to open Israel's borders to refugees less than enthusiastically.

“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.”

In his Facebook post, Herzog criticized Netanyahu for his lack of sensitivity as the Jewish Prime Minister.

"Prime Minister of the Jewish people, do not close your heart and gates when people are fleeing persecution with their children in their arms," he said.

"After the establishment of the first government in the State of Israel, Menachem Begin took in Vietnam refugees. He would be turning in his grave," he added.

"I suggest you look at the need for responsibility in the current reality. In this case, to act as part of a concerted international aid effort to offer a limited and controlled number of refugees entrance for humanitarian reasons."

"Additionally, we need to save our brothers in Syria and the Druse who are being slaughtered and are in terrible distress "

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked related to the issue on her way into the cabinet meeting Sunday, telling reporters that Israel, as a democratic country, cannot take in a massive number of refugees. “The country gives humanitarian aid, but absorbing refugees will be done in Turkey or Jordan, but not in the State of Israel.”

Immigration and Absorption Minister Ze'ev Elkin said that Herzog's proposal, like that of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to absorb refugees in the West Bank, is an “attempt to bring the 'right of return' through the back door. That is not responsible, and it is forbidden that it should happen.”

Europe has pledged to open its doors to tens of thousands of refugees fleeing ISIS. This week, Germany and Austria allowed over 15,000 migrants to enter their borders. England and other EU countries have also stated they will soon allow the flow of refugees through their borders as well.

Herb Keinon contributed to this report.

Related Content

August 17, 2018
Netanyahu interrogated for four hours in Case 4000 media bribery probe