TEL AVIV, ISRAEL – Though the Israeli government is enjoying a time of nearly unprecedented cooperation with the current U.S. president and his administration, several recent stories have derailed its carefully honed image of a homeland for the Jewish people regardless of race, national origin or political persuasion.
Israel has long been a country that prides itself on welcoming all Jews and offering support to all refugees in conscience of the Jews’ own plight during the Second World War. But a series of damaging stories have shown the current government taking a hard turn against Israel’s heritage as such a haven.
First, Israel ordered the deportation last Tuesday of thousands of African migrants who have been termed “infiltrators,” not immigrants, by Israel’s Population and Immigration Authority. Based on concerns repeatedly voiced by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, a major motivator for the edict was the fear that the unchecked influx of African migrants could present a threat to Israel’s social fabric and Jewish character. Seemingly ignored is the fact that such an influx is now all but impossible, given the massive border wall Israel has constructed along its border with Egypt.