Nine Palestinians are caught on Monday residing illegally in Ra’anana, police say. One of them was once held by Israel on terrorism charges and was released in the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap.
Thousands of Palestinians sneak into Israel daily to work. The phenomenon has attracted attention in recent months, especially after two Palestinian terrorists used the smuggling routes across the Green Line to enter Israel and carry out the deadly Sarona Market shooting attack in Tel Aviv on June 8.
The Knesset State Control Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on the issue Tuesday, summoning IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot to testify, as well as Deputy Police Commissioner Zohar Dvir and other officials, according to a statement from committee chairwoman MK Karine Elharar (Yesh Atid).