Sensing that the public is fed up with the infiltrator problem, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu delivered a video message Wednesday to Israeli citizens imploring them not to take the law into their hands.
“The government of Israel is acting resolutely to halt the flow of illegal infiltrators from Africa,” Netanyahu said. “We are doing this by building a fence – a fence that had not been built for many years, [and] now it is. We are doing it through actions to return the illegal infiltrators to their countries. This was not done for many years and now we are doing it. We are taking other actions as well.”
“I am asking for one thing and insisting upon it. The citizens of Israel cannot take the law into their hands. They cannot be engaged in violence or in vitriol, because the government is acting. It is our job to solve the problem and we will solve it. But I ask you to respect the law. We are a state that has laws. We are a state that respects all people, whoever they are, and we will act to solve this problem within the framework of the law. That is what we do and that is what I demand of every single citizen.”
Netanyahu’s short video message follows demonstrations this week in Bat Yam and Tel Aviv’s Hatikva neighborhood. The demonstrators were protesting the influx of Arabs and African infiltrators into their neighborhoods, and the rise in crime as well as the harassment of Jewish women that this entails.
Among the organizers and participants of the demonstrations are MK Dr. Michael Ben-Ari (National Union) and activist Baruch Marzel. The left-wing media is aghast in the face of the demonstrations, which it sees as “racist,” and is reporting incidents of alleged violence by Jews against Arabs and foreigners. The fact that MK Ben Ari, Marzel and other activists associated with the legacy of Rabbi Meir Kahane are taking part in the demonstrations is causing the Israeli left wing to fear that a resurgence of Kahane’s ideology is brewing.