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Should Israel accept Syrian Refugees?

The ongoing civil war in Syria has left 4 million people displaced and 300,000 slaughtered. News reports are filled with scenes of tens of thousands of Syrian refugees pouring over the borders into Europe in search of safe haven.


Now, as calls emerge within Israel to accept Syrian refugees, Prime Minister Netanyahu – citing security and demographic concerns – has announced that Israel would not do so.

On one hand, this is understandable. Syria has been perpetually at war against Israel, including three annihilation attempts in ’48, ’67 and ’73. In the lead-up to the Six Day War, President Hafez Assad declared: “We shall never call for nor accept peace. We shall only accept war. We have resolved to drench this land with [Israel’s] blood, to oust you as aggressor, to throw you into the sea.”

Today, Syria continues to indoctrinate its people with anti-Semitic and anti-Israel messages. Syria’s printing of the infamous Protocols of Elders of Zion – authorized by the Assad government – includes supplementary chapters promoting Jews as “champions in spreading corruption and moral decay,” while describing “barbaric acts” of Jewish torture: “stomachs cut open… eyes blinded using a white-hot iron… bodies completely mutilated.”

It is understandable why Israel would not wish to grant permanent residency and/or citizenship to an antagonistic element (or worse – a potential spy network) from a sworn enemy nation.



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