Israel should take in refugees fleeing Mideast carnage, Yesh Atid lawmaker says

Israel should permit a number of refugees from the Middle East who are now clamoring to reach Europe to resettle in the country, a lawmaker from the centrist Yesh Atid party said on Friday.

Elazar Stern, who is due to take a seat in the Knesset to replace the departing former education minister Shai Piron, told Army Radio on Friday that the Israeli government should allow a symbolic number of refugees into the country on humanitarian grounds, just as it did in the late 1970s when it agreed to absorb the Vietnamese "boat people."

Stern made the remarks against the backdrop of heart-breaking images from Europe, which is struggling with its biggest refugee crisis since World War Two.


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