Meretz seeks to pass infiltrators deal as law

Left-wing Knesset faction seeks to force government to implement deal with UN cancelled by PM Netanyahu through Knesset bill.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Tamar Zandberg
Tamar Zandberg
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The left-wing Meretz faction announced on Tuesday that immediately after the Knesset recess, it will submit a bill to the Knesset based on the agreement between the government of Israel and the United Nations presented yesterday and canceled this morning by Prime Minister Netanyahu.

The faction claims that if the proposal passes, the government will be obligated to act according to the outline, despite Netanyahu's decision to withdraw from it.

Meretz Chairman MK Tamar Zandberg explained the move and said, "Where the prime minister is zigzagging and running, we will demonstrate responsibility for the fate of the refugees and the fate of the residents of southern Tel Aviv."

According to her, "Netanyahu's plan was one of the few positive things in his term, and that too managed to hold out for only a few hours, and Netanyahu proved that he is an irresponsible prime minister who conducts policy based on talkbacks. But this is the Knesset's time to take responsibility. The plan is to join us and do the right thing."

MK Michal Rozin claimed that the biggest losers in Netanyahu's conduct are residents of southern Tel Aviv and the asylum seekers. "The Israeli government continues to abuse them. Netanyahu and the right-wing chorus must come to their senses and work for a real and lasting solution once and for all: absorption of refugees, dispersal throughout the country, and the rehabilitation of southern Tel Aviv "

According to MK Mossi Raz, "Netanyahu understood that asylum seekers can not be deported to Africa. Some of them should be rehabilitated in Israel and some in Europe. The UN agrees, the asylum seekers agree and there is broad public support if Netanyahu is frightened of the right, the time has come for the Knesset to do so without him. "