Interior Minister Eli Yishai warned on Sunday that illegal immigration is an existential threat to the state and said that he would work to preserve the Jewish majority in Israel.
According to Yishai, only a very small number of African migrants in Israel are actually refugees. The rest, he contended, have come immigrated in order to improve their economic conditions. The minister added that eight or nine planes have already carried illegal infiltrators back to their native lands. The immigrants were sent back with grants of five hundred dollars each.