The state of Israel is still determined to expel every single African invader pretending to be a refugee from its territory, and “will continue to act with determination” to achieve this end, despite the mounting legal and international limitations, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said.
Writing on his Facebook account, Netanyahu said that he had held consultations with the Israeli Minister of the Interior, Aryeh Deri—a member of the hardline Shas party, and other “representatives of the people of South Tel Aviv” (where the African invaders are concentrated).
“I have taken note of a lot of views on the agreement [with the United Nations],” he continued, and “and after I conducted a renewed review of the pros and cons, I decided to cancel the agreement.
“Despite the mounting legal and international limitations, we will continue to act with determination to exhaust all of the options at our disposal for expelling the infiltrators. We’ll keep looking for more solutions,” he said.
Both the Haaretz and Times of Israel newspapers said that Netanyahu’s new plans will include the reopening of the Holot detention center in the south of Israel, and the passing of a new law to expel the Africans which will be impervious to being struck down by the courts.
According to Haaretz, Netanyahu also wants to examine new potential host countries to which Israel could forcibly deport the migrants, after he admitted on Monday that the original target country, Rwanda, had rejected the plan.
He is also planning legislation to bypass the High Court of Justice’s recent ruling blocking deportations.
The Netanyahu deal with the UN — which would have seen some 16,250 African invaders being resettled in white countries such as Germany, Italy, and Canada, while a similar number would be given temporary residency—was cancelled after his coalition allies refused to accept it—because it meant that the Africans could stay in Israel for another five years.
Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett on Tuesday night welcomed the new legislative drive, saying his party would support a clause to prevent the High Court from striking down a new bill. “This will create incentive for infiltrators to leave Israel,” he said.
According to sources in the coalition, the government looked into promoting legislation Monday that would enable the incarceration and expulsion of the invaders, a bill that is opposed to a Supreme Court ruling.
Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon (Kulanu) and Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Habayit Hayehudi) have both said that they would support such legislation, even if it includes a clause that allows the Knesset to pass the law again should the Supreme Court block it.
Bennett took to Twitter Tuesday night to express his support of deportation anchored by law. “As we said multiple times, we support the re-legislation of the law to prevent infiltration, including a clause that would prevent the Supreme Court from blocking the law.
“This will create an incentive for the infiltrators to leave Israel,” the education minister wrote. “We fully back the prime minister in promoting that clause and expect the law to be passed quickly.”
Netanyahu will have to decide soon among the options. After the state asked the Supreme Court for an extension, it has until April 9 to decide its response to two petitions filed by attorneys Avigdor Feldman and Itay Mack against deportation of the invaders.
The Supreme Court suspended deportations to Rwanda and Uganda until it rules on the petitions. The state will also be required to respond by Wednesday at 1 P.M. to a request to release Africans who refused to be deported, and who are being held at Saharonim Prison.