Shaked: I had no part in infiltrators agreement

Justice Minister denies reports she was involved in drafting agreement with UN on issue of illegal infiltrators.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

Flash 90

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said Monday that, contrary to reports, she had no involvement in the agreement with the United Nations on the deportation of illegal infiltrators from Israel.

"In contrast to the briefings, I was not a partner to the agreement and I was not summoned to any meeting on the subject with the prime minister. I did not even know that the outline was signed and approved. I did know about the intention and the contacts. I expect those who worked on the plan to take responsibility. "

"On the merits, the State of Israel does not have to accept the fact that infiltrators who entered here illegally are allowed to enter, and the agreement must be submitted for discussion and ratification by the government."

Earlier, Prime Minister Netanyahu's office suggested that while Minister Naftali Bennett was critical of the new agreement, Minister Shaked was involved in drafting it.

Education Minister Naftali Bennett strongly criticized the outline presented by the Prime Minister and Interior Minister on the deportation of the infiltrators.

"The agreement to grant status to 16,250 infiltrators in Israel will turn Israel into a paradise for infiltrators and constitutes a total surrender to the false campaign that has been disseminated in the media in recent months," said Bennett.

He added that "the original plan formulated by the government regarding the infiltrators is moral and just, and must be acted upon only by saying that refugees from places of danger will be absorbed in Israel, while infiltrators will be returned."

Earlier, Prime Minister Netanyahu explained why the government reached the agreement with the UN at a press conference Monday afternoon.

"From the moment we understood that the solution of [sending the infiltrators to] a third country was not on the table, and that the situation was such that everyone would remain, we found ourselves in a trap," Netanyahu explained.

He said that the 16,250 infiltrators who will be deported will be taken in by Canada, Germany, and Italy under the "unprecedented agreement."