African migrants stand in the remains of a
firebombed kindergarden April 2010. (Photo: ActiveStills)
The Netanyahu government will impose fines on mayors who hire migrant workers, pushing a slight tactical difference between him and the mob-riling Knesset members responsible for the violent attacks earlier this week. Whereas rightist MK incited a riot, Netanyahu is looking to legislate non-Jewish immigrants out of the country. Interior Minister Eli Yishai announced the city officials would "personally" pay the penalties, an equivalent punishment for crimes such embezzlement.
"We will also start to enforce this so that they do not employ infiltrators. They will employ Israelis instead, the place of infiltrators is in the countries that they came from," said Yishai speaking to Israeli News Channel 2.
After the government's announcement the city of Tel Aviv fired back to Haaretz, using the same rightist patois to describe migrants.
'The municipality does not employ illegal infiltrators and has even approached contracting companies it works with to request they act according to the law, and not employ infiltrators.'
Separately, Netanyahu also distanced himself from the mob-like fiasco incensed by members of his political party, but re-affirmed their anti-migrant sentiment in an announcement yesterday. Speaking in Tel Aviv, the prime minister said "We will complete construction of the fence within two months, and soon we will begin sending infiltrators back to their countries of origin."