Real Clear Israel 3 Press Releases: PM Netanyahu Holds Discussion on the Continued Dealing with Illegal Migrants / PM Netanyahu Convenes Discussion on the Continuing Disturbances in Eastern Jerusalem / PM Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Start of Today’s Cabinet Meeting

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PM Netanyahu Holds Discussion on the Continued Dealing with Illegal Migrants

(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today (Tuesday, 7 October 2014), held a discussion on the continued dealing with illegal migrants. Attending the discussion were Interior Minister Gideon Saar, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein, Prime Minister’s Office Director General Harel Locker, Prison Service Commissioner Aharon Franco, Tel Aviv District Police Commander Bentzy Sau, State Attorney Shai Nitzan, Migration and Population Authority Director Amnon Ben-Ami and other senior officials.

 Prime Minister Netanyahu instructed that a new draft law be prepared that expresses the Government of Israel’s determination to continue dealing with illegal migration, determination that has blocked illegal migration into Israel and led to the departure of approximately 6,000 illegal migrants up to now.

 It was agreed that Interior Minister Saar will formulate forthwith a draft memorandum on the law that will provide for the continued detention of new migrants who will be held for an effective period, and for the continued operation of the Hulot open holding facility while taking into consideration the rulings of the High Court of Justice. At the same time action to encourage the voluntary repatriation of migrants will continue. Enforcement against the employment of illegal migrants will be stepped up and other measures will be taken.

 Prime Minister Netanyahu said, “Preventing the entry of new migrants into Israel and encouraging the repatriation of migrants already in Israel is an outstanding national interest and thus we will act.”

 Interior Minister Saar said, “Our obligation to the citizens of Israel requires that we provide effective tools to enable the determined continuation of dealing with the phenomenon of illegal migration.”

 Attorney General Weinstein said, “We will continue to deal with the phenomenon of illegal migration while upholding the law and the rulings of the High Court of Justice.”

 

PM Netanyahu Convenes Discussion on the Continuing Disturbances in Eastern Jerusalem

(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this afternoon (Tuesday, 7 October 2014), convened a discussion on the continuing disturbances in eastern Jerusalem. Attending the discussion were Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, Israel Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino, Jerusalem District Police Commander Yossi Fareinty, ISA Director Yoram Cohen, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein and State Attorney Shai Nitzan.

 Prime Minister Netanyahu instructed that forces be increased in the confrontation areas and that vigorous action be taken against those who disturb the peace, and added that the current situation must not become the norm. The Prime Minister said, “Recently there has been stone-throwing, disturbances and violence. I think that we need to deal with this not just due to the holidays but in a thorough manner. The goal of this meeting is to do just that – to see what forces, what capabilities and what steps are needed in order to ensure peace in Jerusalem.”

 

 PM Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Start of Today’s Cabinet Meeting

(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today (Tuesday, 7 October 2014), made the following remarks at the start of the Cabinet meeting:

 “I would like to express my appreciation to the IDF soldiers who foiled an attack in the north today. I would also like to send my best wishes for a quick and complete recovery to our wounded. We have proven that we respond strongly to any attempt to attack us be it in the south, the north or any other sector. We have also witnessed the threats that are gathering round us, threats that the entire world is aware of and some of which it is dealing with. These threats require us to invest considerable sums in security and in the communities close to the confrontation line. For this reason, I have asked that the tax benefits for these communities be extended; I have spoken about this with Finance Minister Yair Lapid and I think that the matter has been resolved.

 I would like to wish all of you and all of Israel a Happy Sukkot. This is your opportunity to travel around the country on the highways, interchanges, bridges and rail lines that we are building in our country.”

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