The Prime Minister of Israel does not want to admit more refugees fleeing from Syria, citing the small size of Israel and lack of “geographic depth” to handle more refugees. He is strengthening the border with Jordan and already dealing with tens of thousands of refugees from Africa.
1. Netanyahu Refuses Refugees
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would not allow refugees fleeing from Syria’s war.
2. He draws the line.
Speaking at the weekly cabinet meeting, Netanyahu also announced the start of construction of a fence along Israel’s border with Jordan, according to his office.
“We will not allow Israel to be submerged by a wave of illegal migrants and terrorist activists,” Netanyahu said.
“Israel is not indifferent to the human tragedy of Syrian and African refugees… but Israel is a small country — very small — without demographic or geographic depth. That is why we must control our borders.”
Opposition leader Isaac Herzog on Saturday said Israel should take in Syrian refugees, recalling the plight of Jews who sought refuge from past conflicts.
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas also called for Israel to allow Palestinians from refugee camps in Syria to travel to the Palestinian territories, whose external borders are controlled by the Jewish state. via Yahoo