Israel and illegal migrants

For small nations, like Israel, a large influx of illegal migrants is a major challenge. Speaking in November at the ceremony for the memory of Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, Prime Minister Netanyahu referred to the question by saying, “The fence that we built not far from the Egyptian border has completely stopped the waves of illegal infiltrators into our country and to the Negev. We are determined to remove those who entered here illegally.” In the coming months, Israel will deport 40,000 African migrants and close the main migrant detention center. Israel’s High Court of Justice has approved migrant deportation to an unnamed third country. (Times of Israel)

Netanyahu on Iran’s threat

 Prime Minister Netanyahu stated recently that Israel would not accept the permanent stationing of Iranian forces in Syria or anywhere else close to Israel. “Whoever wants to harm us─we harm him. Whoever seeks to put us in danger of annihilation─puts his own life in danger,” has Netanyahu quoted by stating. While until now it has not been clear to what extent Israel was willing to enforce this “red line,” all changed on November 30, when Syrian and Lebanese media reported that Israel had carried out a missile strike on a military base about 8 miles from Damascus. The target was a newly expanded installation for Iranian soldiers, as told by Israel. The airstrike sent a message to Assar, Tehran, and Hezbollah, as well as to Russian President Vladimir Putin that Israel will not stand idly by if Iran’s military entrenchment in Syria continues.

“Jews out of Poland!”

Demonstrations in Warsaw, Poland on November 11, 2017

During Poland’s Independence Day celebrations on November 11, nationalist and fascist groups disrupted the event, shouting slogans, waving flags and burning flares as they marched the streets of Warsaw. The Polish people were celebrating the day in 1918 when Poland regained its independence after having been divided for 123 years by Russia, Prussia, and Austria.

For a shock to many, anti-Semitic chants such as “Jews out of Poland!” were heard as well. It is even more shocking for the nation that murdered 90 percent of its Jewish population during the Holocaust. Andrzej Duda, Poland’s President, has condemned the extreme group’s actions by saying that there was no room nor tolerance for sick nationalism or anti-Semitism. (CNN WordNews on-line)

(Times of Israel, Jan. 2.
Photos below: Families like the Ashtars live on the Golan Heights in close proximity to Syria and Lebanon.)