Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel has treated 1,000 wounded Syrians – but refuses to take in refugees because the country is ‘too small’
Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel was ‘not indifferent’ to the migrant crisis
But said it must control its borders, against ‘illegal migrants and terrorism’
Went on to say it will start building a fence to seal off frontier with Jordan
His political opponents said he had ‘forgotten what it is to be Jews’
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said his country is ‘too small’ to take in desperate Syrian refugees.
The leader of the right-wing Likud Party said Israel was ‘not indifferent’ to the migrant crisis but resolutely claimed his country must defend its borders.
It comes as Europe struggles to deal with the greatest refugee crisis since World War Two.
The harrowing image of three-year-old boy Aylan Kurdi – his lifeless and limp body pictured lying face down on a Turkish beach – sparked an international outcry over the human cost of the crisis.
Tough stance: Benjamin Netanyahu has said his country cannot take in refugees from war-torn Syria
But speaking today at a cabinet session, Mr Netanyahu said Israel was a ‘very small country that lacks demographic and geographic depth’.
He added: ‘Israel is not indifferent to the human tragedy of the refugees from Syria and Africa.
‘We have already devotedly cared for approximately 1,000 wounded people from the fighting in Syria, and we have helped them to rehabilitate their lives.
‘We must control our borders, against both illegal migrants and terrorism.’
Far from welcoming refugees from war-torn countries, he said Israel would soon begin the first 18-mile phase of a secure border fence to seal off the country’s frontier with Jordan.
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