The Forum of Deputy Mayors and Council Chairmen, in conjunction with the World Zionist Organization, held an emergency meeting, Thursday, to formulate ways to deal with illegal aliens and the social-justice protests that are expected this summer, as well as empowering Zionism at the local level. Forum chairman Uri Buskila told Arutz Sheva's Hebrew service, "The central government cannot abandon the local authorities to deal alone with the phenomenon of infiltrators and social protest. These are two issues that need treatment and discussion at the national level, and local government does not have the tools or the ability to cope with these issues."
The deputy mayor of Bat Yam, south of Tel Aviv, continued, "The vacuum created by the central government is making the average citizen a victim of the phenomenon of infiltrators. In fact, the infiltrators conquer another street and neighborhood in Israel, day after day, and a system-wide way of dealing with that is needed, which the local authorities don't have within their power to carry out alone." Calling the infiltrator threat greater than that of Iran's nuclear development program, he said the organization supports Interior Minister Eli Yishai in his demands for more aggressive and effective eradication of the phenomenon.