Israel tries to send 14 Ukrainians back to Europe, relents after pressure

Israel tried to send 14 out of 70 Ukrainians who arrived in the country back to Europe, saying they were not eligible to enter the country under the law of return.

The 14, including a mother and her young daughter, were put on a flight to Romania, but were ultimately allowed to stay after family members pressured the government, Channel 12 reports.

According to Israeli law, Jews, their children, grandchildren, and spouses are eligible for citizenship.

Even though they were allowed to stay for now, Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked ordered that they give the government a deposit of thousands of shekels to ensure that they leave within three months, the report says.

A government source tells Channel 12 that they are not considered refugees because they are entitled to stay in any country in Europe.

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