November 1, 2010

An expert on demography told Arutz Sheva‘s Hebrew-language news service that Netanyahu’s proposal is not unlike France’s way of dealing with the gypsy population. Prof. Sergio Della Pergola of the Hebrew University said, “It is a little like what [French president Nicola] Sarkozy did with the gypsies: he sent planes to Romania with gypsy immigrants [on board] and paid each immigrant 300 Euro.”

The Ministry of Defense said Sunday that construction work on the security fence between Israel and Egypt will begin this month in an effort to stop the infiltration of illegal immigrants. At the same time, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu instructed government ministries to try and find African countries that would be willing to take in the illegals that Israel expels, in return for financial compensation. The demographer said there was “a bit of a paradox” in the construction of the anti-infiltrator fence. “On the one hand, one needs to prevent the entry of refugees and terrorists through the border. But on the other hand, it is actually a good sign that the border between Israel and Egypt is an open one, because it shows that there are no hostile incidents between the two countries.”