Daily Israel Report

Interior Minister 'Felt Culture Shock' in Tel Aviv

Minister Saar tours infiltrator neighborhoods; leftists organize infiltrator demonstration.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 4/10/2013, 9:28 PM

Saar in southern Tel Aviv
Saar in southern Tel Aviv
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Interior Minister Gideon Saar toured southern Tel Aviv Tuesday in an effort to learn up close about the infiltrator phenomenon. Accompanied by a large police force, he toured the streets and businesses, and met representatives of the Council of Residents of Southern Tel Aviv Neighborhoods.

Saar said that the problem is "one of the most difficult, sensitive and delicate problems that Israeli society faces."

"This problem did not form overnight and I recommend against creating the impression that it can be solved overnight. The situation needs to be changed, and this is what I intend to do."

May Golan, an activist for the southern Tel Aviv neighborhoods, told Arutz Sheva that she believes Minister Saar "experienced culture shock" on his tour. "He saw the number of infiltrators, the looks, the  curses and the physical violence. I think he understands now," she said.

Golan said that leftists organized "hundreds of infiltrators dressed in suits who held up slogans of justice and freedom," to face Saar on his visit. In the course of the tour, she added, hundreds of Sudanese surrounded the minister's entourage, and if police had not been brought in to protect the minister, "it would have ended differently."