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Shaked: Israel can’t open its doors to unlimited numbers of Ukrainian refugees

Refugees wait in a crowd for transportation after fleeing from the Ukraine and arriving at the border crossing in Medyka, Poland, March 7, 2022 (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Refugees wait in a crowd for transportation after fleeing from the Ukraine and arriving at the border crossing in Medyka, Poland, March 7, 2022 (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked repeats her assertion that Israel may move to limit the number of Ukrainian refugees allowed into the country.

“There is no country that can open its gates to anyone who wants without any restrictions, certainly not a country as small as Israel,” Shaked tells the Kan public broadcaster.

Shaked says that so far some 2,800 Ukrainian refugees have entered Israel, with 10 percent of them eligible for citizenship under the Law of Return.

“The State of Israel is the nation state of the Jewish people. Certainly as a Western state, we will receive refugees. But in the coming days we will have to formulate an orderly policy,” she says.

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