Supreme Court justices
Supreme Court justicesYehonatan Welcer, TPS

Israel's Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that an amendment to incentivize illegal infiltrators to leave Israel is not proportional.

The amendment revokes the social allowances deposited for the benefit of a foreigner who was working legally in Israel but who did not leave the country at the proper time. In such a case, the social benefits would take a hit if the worker did not leave Israel at the time he was legally required to do so.

According to the judges, if the law is not amended by the Knesset within the next six months, it will be canceled.

Supporting the law's cancellation were Supreme Court Chief Justice Esther Hayut and five other justices. Justice Noam Solberg opposed the cancellation.

The justices claimed that harming the allocations "harms the constitutional right to ownership in a way which is not proportional."

National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir (Otzma Yehudit) responded to the ruling, saying, "This morning, the Supreme Court once again invalidated a law intended to encourage foreign workers to leave Israel. The invalidation by the Supreme Court today is exact proof of why we are fighting with all our might to pass the judicial reform. And the sooner the better."

Justice Minister Yariv Levin (Likud) responded: "If anyone had any doubt regarding why the judicial system requires a deep reform, today he received the answer once more, in another ruling which encourages illegal immigration to Israel while harming the demographic makeup and Jewish identity of the country."

"This ruling gives a green light to the tens of thousands of foreign workers who violate the terms of their visas and remain in Israel undisturbed, in violation of the law. This ruling reflects an extremist progressive priority list, according to which foreign workers who remain in Israel in violation of their commitment and in violation of the law are preferred to the preservation of Israel's identity as the nation-state of the Jewish people and the preservation of its character as such."