Shaked: Illegal infiltrators from Lebanon must be stopped

The Supreme Court has torpedoed all the laws that had reduced incentives for illegal infiltrators to cross into Israel.

MK Ayelet Shaked ,

Ayelet Shaked
Ayelet Shaked
צילום: דוברות הכנסת, עדינה ולמן

That's how it starts—little by little. At first it's a small group of people trickling over the border, but before you know it, thousands of infiltrators from Lebanon are pouring into Israel in search of employment and better living conditions. This dangerous trend must be stopped before it's too late.

We have seen what can happen when illegals start crossing into the country from our southern border with Egypt. In that case too, it started out as a trickle and soon became an uncontrollable stream. Now you have a Sudanese infiltrator crossing into Israel from Lebanon in January to join his brother working in Tel Aviv. He's detained but subsequently released. The result? An immediate hike in infiltration attempts and no less than 13 Sudanese attempting to cross into Israel over the past weekend alone.

The border with Lebanon is one of the most secure in the world, but infiltrators who succeed in crossing it prove that if there is a will, there is a way and in the absence of deterrence, it will only get worse. As we have always maintained, the security fence on the Egyptian border is critical, but what really prevented infiltrators from crossing was the anti-infiltration law. In its absence, they will always find a way around it.

Unfortunately, the Supreme Court revoked all the laws that had thus far reduced the incentive for crossing into Israel, including the deposit law with the consequences soon to follow. For the first time in years, Israel has again become an attractive destination point for Sudanese infiltrators.

This time, it is forbidden to sit quietly while southern Tel Aviv and other neighborhoods are flooded with tens of thousands of new illegals. The anti-infiltration law must be reinstated and the phenomenon of illegal workers crossing into Israel and profiting from its resources without any sense of gratitude for being here –in essence, quite the opposite—must be put to an end.



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