Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that the recently approved Jewish nation state bill will ensure that Israel will be for ‘Jews only’—while his Interior Minister has announced new plans to expel all it African “asylum seekers” to the Sudan.
According to a report in Israel’s Ynet News, Netanyahu confirmed that the nation state bill—now formally part of the Jewish state’s basic laws—“grants automatic right to Jews from around the world to immigrate to Israel.”
“We passed the Nationality Law to ensure the State of Israel would be not just democratic, but also the nation state of the Jewish people—and theirs alone,” he said.
Netanyahu went on to say that this was needed “not just for our generation, but for the generations to come. Without the Nationality Law, we cannot guarantee the future of Israel as a Jewish nation state.”
“The Nationality Law first and foremost fortifies the law of return and raises it to another level. This law of course grants automatic right to Jews—and only them—to make Aliyah [immigrate to Israel] and receive citizenship.”
In his statement, the Israeli Prime Minister laid careful stress upon the fact that the law specifically targeted any Palestinians who were seeking to return to their lands seized by the Jews when Israel was founded:
“The Nationality Law prevents, for example, the exploitation of the family reunification clause under which very, very many Palestinians have been absorbed into the country since the Oslo agreement. This law helps prevent the continued uncontrolled entry into Israel of Palestinians,” he said.
Earlier, Israel’s Interior Ministry confirmed to the Haaretz newspaper that it was “once again exploring the possibility of deporting asylum seekers back to Eritrea and Sudan.”
In an official letter to Knesset Member Mossi Raz of the Meretz party, Interior Minister Arye Dery wrote that as part of his ministry’s efforts to draft a comprehensive policy on asylum seekers, it is exploring various options and has held preliminary talks with “the relevant parties.”
“We’re generating a picture of the general situation in Sudan and Eritrea and the implications thereof,” Dery wrote.
Yariv Levin, the minister in charge of liaising with the Knesset, wrote in a separate letter to Raz that deporting asylum seekers to Sudan “is being considered, subject to a situation assessment of the threat posed to them.” He said the government is also considering reopening the open detention facility in Holot, which was closed earlier this year after a plan to deport the asylum seekers to third countries fell through.
Both Dery and Levin were responding to questions sent by Raz.
“The overall solution is that they won’t remain here,” an Interior Ministry official involved in the issue said. “We’re constantly seeking solutions to get them out of here, and the Foreign Ministry and the Prime Minister’s Office are working on various possibilities.”
In July 2018, Eritrea and Ethiopia signed a peace agreement, ending a 20-year war that has been used by nationals of those countries to falsely claim “asylum” in Israel and in white countries around the world. There are currently 26,801 Eritreans pretending to be “asylum seekers” in Israel.