'Otzma' party campaigns in southern Tel Aviv
'Otzma' party campaigns in southern Tel Aviv Israel news photo: Yoni Kempinski

The new Otzma party headed by MK Aryeh Eldad wants a law requiring all illegal infiltrators to be “sent back where they came from.”

In a campaign stop at a Hanukkah lighting ceremony in southern Tel Aviv, MK Eldad, who was elected to the current Knesset as a member of the Ichud Leumi (National Union) party, said the problem of infiltrators has been ignored since the construction of a fence along the southern border has reduced infiltrations to near zero.

Southern Tel Aviv “was flooded by infiltrators the past 3-5 years,” he said. “The problem is that Israel built the fence along the southern border, and the infiltration phenomena disappeared from the focus of the public in Israel, so the people of southern neighborhoods in Tel Aviv were stuck with the problem.”

He charged that the 100,000 people who claim to be refugees are in reality infiltrators “who have made the lives of southern Tel Aviv residents miserable."

“They have no day and no night; they cannot walk the streets safely, and their daughters are not safe,”  MK Eldad declared.

“We came here today to announce that in the next Knesset, we will pass a law that will force Israel to send all these infiltrators back to their country of origin.

Otzma MK candidate Bruch Marzel told Arutz Sheva there is no racism involved in the proposal and that the same policy would be applied to white people as well as black Africans if they are illegal infiltrators. The strategy of campaigning in southern Tel Aviv could help the party win the minimum number of vote needed to enter the next Knesset.

It may have more potential supporters in southern Tel Aviv than among nationalists, most of whom support the merged National Union and Habayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home) lists.

Most polls indicate that Otzma will not get enough votes for Knesset representation, but one Voice of Israel public radio poll last week claimed it would win enough votes to gain the minimum representation of three Knesset Members.

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