The strike by workers who infiltrated Israel is being felt most by the hotel industry in Eilat and the Dead Sea, according to David Blum, Deputy Director-General in charge of personnel of the Isrotel chain. Interviewed by Israel Defense Forces Radio on Monday - the second day of the strike - he said the 600-700 infiltrators employed by the chain constitute 15 percent of the staff, and the diversion of other staff to carry out their functions, primarily in the cleaning field, has resulted in a decline in the level of service the chain offers, with only a few of the infiltrators showing up for work.
Bloom said Israelis are not willing to take these jobs, even at double the wages paid the infiltrators. Noting that infiltrators have ultimately gone back to their country of origin in the years since the government blocked the supply of other foreign workers, a solution to the infiltrator problem would be to give the infiltrators permits. He said work is not given to those infiltrators assigned to the Holot holding facility in southern Israel.