Shaked: Israel Will Accommodate Thousands of Jewish Immigrants from Ukraine

Far-right Israeli politician, Ayelet Shaked. (Photo: Amos Ben Gershom, via Wikipedia Commons)

Israeli interior minister Ayelet Shaked announced that her government would take a decision to set up seven to twelve new ‘residential areas’ in the Negev region “to house new Jewish immigrants,” Israeli media reported

“We think tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of immigrants will arrive from Russia, Ukraine, and former Soviet states,” Shaked told Channel 7, adding that the new communities would “bolster the Negev” and would be “necessary to absorb the expected wave of new immigrants.”

Calling on the heads of local councils to prepare for the absorption of immigrants, Shaked pointed out that there was a “national housing crisis” in Israel.

“What will happen when new immigrants reach us from Ukraine and Russia,” she reiterated, adding that more homes were requiring “aggressive and rapid construction to accommodate the mass arrivals.”

On Wednesday, Ukrainian Ambassador to Israel Yevgen Korniychuk expressed “disappointment” at the news that “Ukrainian refuge-seekers were being detained upon arrival in Israel,” The Times of Israel reported.

The Israeli newspaper also reported that the ambassador “expressed dismay that Israel continues to refuse to provide much-needed helmets and military vests for military and civil protection.”

(The Palestine Chronicle, MEMO, Social Media)

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