The Foreign Ministry issued a strong statement Monday condemning the arson of an apartment of African migrants, saying "there is no justification to such a heinous crime that puts people's lives in harm's way."
This was the first time the Ministry issued a statement about the anti-migrant wave that has hit the country in recent weeks, though both President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, as well as other ministers, have spoken strongly against it."The issue of migrants and infiltrators from Africa is not a simple one and it requires the government to address it in the most serious and responsible manner," the statement said. "Together with other government branches, the Foreign Ministry is currently developing solutions to the various and complex aspects arising from this issue, in coordination with international parties.
The statement, written both in Hebrew and in English, said that "no person has the right to violate the law and resort to violence against others, certainly not to endanger lives, for any reason whatsoever. Law and ethics prohibit any injury to the other, the guest and the foreigner. Jewish history compels us to take exceptional caution on these matters."