Commenting on the situation in south Tel Aviv, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Thursday afternoon that the border fence with Egypt will be completed in a number of months, and that Israel would soon begin deporting the illegal immigrants.
Speaking about fiery speeches made by members of Knesset late Wednesday at a protest against illegal infiltrators, Netanyahu said that "there is no room for the types of comments and actions that we saw last night. I say these things to the general public and to the residents of south Tel Aviv whose pain we understand: We will solve this problem in a responsible manner."On Wednesday, protesters gathered across the country to protest the growing influx of African infiltrators in Israel. Over 1,000 people attended the demonstration in Tel Aviv’s Hatikva neighborhood
, holding signs calling for the deportation of the migrants, one of which read “Bibi [Netanyahu] decide – Sudan or Israel.” Similar demonstrations were held in Eilat, Bnei Brak, Sderot, Ashdod and Ashkelon.
Police arrested a total of 17 people during the protest for rioting, attempted assault, possession of knives and looting store fronts.