Chairman MK Ya'akov "Ketzaleh" Katz (National Union) on Monday praised the government for adopting a plan to significantly cut down the number of illegal aliens in Israel.
Speaking in the Knesset during a session on a no-confidence motion, Ketzaleh said that Israel would have saved itself a great deal of effort if the government had listened to him three years ago – when he proposed ideas very similar to those adopted this week by the government.
“The government adopted ideas that were being discussed in the subcommittee on illegal workers three years ago,” Ketzaleh said. MK Katz was the head of the Knesset Committee for Foreign Workers until August 2011 when he was replaced by a Meretz party MK as part of a rotation agreement.
The removal of illegal aliens was in the interest of all residents of Israel, he added.
“First the Israeli Arabs and contract workers were pushed aside by lower salaried illegals when competing for jobs, and then the residents of south Tel Aviv were forced out of their neighborhoods [by non-Jewish atmosphere, crime, etc.,ed.], with their homes going over to the illegals,” he added.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday announced he would be flying to Africa in order to arrange for the return of illegal aliens from the continent to the states of origin.
“I intend to travel to Africa later to discuss and advance procedures for returning them to Africa. In any case, this is unjustified…. These are very important steps to ensure the future of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state,” Netanyahu told the cabinet.
The measures to which Katz alluded include Netanyahu's stated intent to allocate sufficient funds to allow the completion of the Sinai border fence by the end of 2012 and to “to greatly increase fines levied on employers” of the illegal immigrants.