PM Netanyahu Convenes Discussion on the Issue of Illegal Work Infiltrators
(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this evening (Sunday, 8 July 2012), in
his office, convened an additional discussion on the issue of the handling
of illegal work infiltrators. Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Interior Minister
Eli Yishai, Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman, IDF Deputy Chief-of-Staff
Maj.-Gen. Yair Naveh, Israel Police Deputy Inspector-General Yisrael
Yitzhak, Israel Prison Service Commissioner Aharon Franco and other senior
Israel Police, Defense Ministry, Finance Ministry, Interior Ministry and
Justice Ministry representatives also participated.
Participants were presented with updated infiltration data according to
which, 11 infiltrators were detained last weekend and 129 since the
beginning of the month. All of the infiltrators were put in detention at the
Saharonim facility in accordance with the new infiltrators law which allows
detention up to three years. 928 infiltrators were detained in June and 2031
in May (in June of last year, 1,213 infiltrators crossed the border).
Defense Ministry Deputy Director-General Betzalel Treiber said that the
construction of over 200-kilometers of border fence would be finished within
a week and added that the fence would be completed by October, except for a
14-kilometer section around Eilat that would be completed by the start of
2013. He also said that in the coming month, 4,000 holding places for
detained infiltrators would be added and that over 12,000 places would be
available by the end of the year.
Pursuant to an additional update regarding legislation against those who
employ illegal work infiltrators, it was agreed that the Migration and
Population Authority would begin closing businesses belonging to those who
employ illegal work infiltrators.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commended the work being carried out and
said, "The Government's determined action is already showing results on the
ground. There is still much work to do but we are on the right track."