The Chairman of the Knesset's Law, Constitution and Justice Committee, MK Nissan Slomiansky (Jewish Home), is very upset with the High Court's decision, two weeks ago, which led to the freeing of 1,200 infiltrators from the Holot detention center. The ruling was the third time, in recent years, that the court intervened in the legislation regarding the infiltrators, and decided that keeping infiltrators in the open facility for 20 months was “disproportionate,” but keeping them there for 12 months was not.
"The Israeli Knesset set a law and the Supreme Court forgot who the legislator is in this country,” Slomiansky charged in an interview with Arutz Sheva. "In the past, we have already been on the verge of an all-out confrontation in the relationship between the legislative body and the judicial branch,” he said, referring to the earlier changes the judges forced the Knesset to make in the Infiltrator Law. “The judges took upon themselves the authority of legislators, although they were not elected by the public.”
He mocked the judges, and asked sarcastically if they are in possession of some kind of contraption that is able to determine the precise length of the period of incarceration that is permissible, in the case of infiltrators.
Slomiansky said that there is “no logic and reason” in the ruling. The court's decision created a situation in which 1,200 infiltrators have to be released immediately, and there is no place to send them to. The decision to bar the infiltrators from Tel Aviv and Eilat, he surmised, stemmed from the fact that someone was thinking that "we have already made Tel Aviv and Eilat into miserable cities and it is time to do this to other cities."
The lawmaker noted that Israel is taking in Aliyah despite being surrounded by enemies and that a large swathe of its own citizens – without doubt, a reference to the Arab populace – is not too enamored with it either. Adding a hostile populace of tens of thousands of infiltrators is a very bad idea, he said. “Look at what happened in southern Tel Aviv. Look at how much crime, how much rape, what not.”
The only solution for the problem, he said, is to deport the infiltrators, because of the suffering that they are causing in Israel's weaker neighborhoods. He cited the famous Talmudic precept that says that when considering whether to assist your own city's poor populace or poor people in another city, the poor people in your own city should come first.