With a mass expulsion of children of refugees and foreign workers only days away, President Shimon Peres made a last ditch plea to Interior Minister Eli Yishai on Thursday, strongly urging him to reconsider the plans.
"Recently I visited the Rogozin school in south Tel Aviv, where the children of foreign workers were being taught," he said in a letter delivered to the minister. "I felt from them an Israeliness which they were born with, I felt their love for Israel, [their will] to serve in its military."
"We cannot remain apathetic to the fate of these children and teenagers," the president continued.
"We are aware of the complexity of the issue," Peres said, referring to the thousands of children who were born in Israel to illegal workers or refugees, and who are scheduled to be expelled on August 1st. He added, however, that he was "of the opinion that it would be prudent to find a fair solution, in the spirit of the tradition of our people, and within the confines of the law."