Palestine is demanding that Israel allow refugees caught in the Syrian conflict through their border.
Last week, the Palestinians turned to the United Nations to pressure Israel to allow up to 480,000 Palestinian refugees to travel to the West Bank and Gaza, then said Israel “has callously rejected this appeal.”
Such a move would greatly increase the 4.5 million population of the Palestinian territories, which could have an impact on future negotiations on a two-state solution. The Palestinian territories external borders are controlled by the Jewish state.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said of the demands, “We will not allow Israel to be submerged by a wave of illegal migrants and terrorist activists.”
Netanyahu continued, “Israel is not indifferent to the human tragedy of Syrian and African refugees… but Israel is a small country — very small — without demographic or geographic depth. That is why we must control our borders.”
Palestine’s UN representative Riyad H. Mansour said at least 480,000 Palestinian refugees remain in Syria. Many are in the Yarmouk refugee camp on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus. The Islamic State extremist group entered the camp in early April.
The Associated Press contributed to this article
Danny Stewart says
Only an idiot country would take in “so called” refugees, the majority of which would be only too happy to kill every citizen of the country who is trying to help them.
rodney orvis says
get job isreal don’t let the terrious pepole in your contury. our asshole president OBAMA want tolet 10,000 enter or counry it’s not bad enought that he left 11 million in our contury all ready imagrants from mexico
Certainly, there are many genuine “refugees” among the hundreds of thousands that continue to be “marched” into the European Lands from their tent cities in Turkey and elsewhere. However, only exceedingly naive folk believe that the continuous chain of hundreds of thousands began all-at-once, spontaneously, without choreography. The influx was well-coordinated from its beginning, with the intent to disrupt the culture and function of the European Union nations. One only need to sit back and observe what is happening in order to draw this conclusion.
Certainly, the leadership of Israel is careful to avoid the cultural and financial disruption caused by ISIS. The following link uncovers the fact that Israeli leadership exercises some control over the murderous activities of ISIS. http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/07/11/hack-of-netanyahu-chief-of-staff-shows-israeli-control-of-isis/