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Sara Netanyahu met for an hour with Interior Minister Eli Yishai on
discuss her positions on the deportation of foreign workers’ families in
After the meeting, which was held in Yishai’s office
in the capital, Yishai announced that although he respected Netanyahu
listened carefully to her suggestions, the country’s immigration
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Last week, the prime minister’s wife sent the interior
minister a letter pleading with him to come up with a solution that would enable
400 children of foreign workers, along with their families, to remain in Israel
despite their failing to meet government approved criteria.
meeting, Yishai’s office released the following statement on his behalf:
known Mrs. Netanyahu for years and appreciate her public involvement in
humanitarian issues and especially child-related issues, which is close
heart and her professional practice as a psychologist.
immigration policies and government decisions will not be altered – they
meant to maintain the character of the state.”
The Prime Minister’s
Office reported that during the meeting, Netanyahu raised several
and that the two would meet again after the suggestions were discussed
professional level by ministry officials.
“I had a wonderful meeting with
Minister Yishai. I greatly appreciate the deep concern he has for the
democratic character and the future of the state, and his humanity and
to talk to me and examine additional ideas regarding the children,” Sara
Netanyahu said in a statement.
Netanyahu’s involvement in the issue has
been met with mixed responses by human rights organizations.
appreciate her willingness to speak out in favor of the children, in
conversations, some criticize her move as being too little too
Hundreds of foreign workers families have visited Interior Ministry
offices across the country over the past two weeks, to submit
permanent residence status on behalf of their children. It is estimated
out of 1,200 children meet the government’s criteria for who gets to
indefinitely, criteria that have to do mostly with length of habitation
Israel, knowledge of the Hebrew language and registration in the Israeli
On Thursday, 18 children from a local Scouts branch, a
branch that has both Israeli and foreign members, accompanied applying
to the Interior Ministry offices in Tel Aviv, in an effort to prove to
officials there that the children were fully integrated into Israeli
Yifat Taharani, the branch leader, told Yediot Aharonot
the children come wearing Scouts uniforms, it makes it even clearer that
though their eyes may be more slanted and their skin tone is darker,
just like our own children.”