Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked tells Army Radio that opposition calls for the country to let in Syrian refugees are “irresponsible.”
While professing sympathy for the plight of the millions of Syrians being forced out their homes by civil war and the jihadist takeover of the country, she says she fears a snowball effect if Israel allows any refugees in.
“We can’t absorb a small group. The second we start to let them in, it will devolve very quickly into thousands, tens of thousands and hundreds of thousands,” she says.
“The reality is that millions of Syrian refugees are being housed in Jordan, Turkey and European countries. There’s no such thing as a few dozen, like Begin let in from Vietnam, or a few hundred. This is demagoguery.”