On Wednesday evening, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the Manufacturers Association of Israel in terms long overdue from an American President to the Cheap Labor Lobby:
You will not like this, but we plan to legislate strict laws and enforce them with a firm hand against the illegal employment of infiltrators and foreign workers... We are flooded with surge of refugees who threaten to wash away our achievements and damage our existence...PM: Infiltrators pull us towards Third World Tani Goldstein Ynetnews.com 01.21.10
He went on to say, "Anyone walking around Arad, Eilat, or even south Tel Aviv today, can see this wave, and the change it is creating, with their own eyes. They are causing socio-economic and cultural damage and threaten to take us back down to the level of the Third World. They take the jobs of the weakest Israelis."
Netanyahu was refreshingly candid about who and why:
The prime minister explained that this is evident to all who visit southern Tel Aviv or Arad today, seeing the growing number of African workers.Illegals, Primarily from Africa, Hurting the Israeli Economy Yechiel Spira Yeshiva World News January 21, 2010
Compounding the problem is the fact that there are many willing to employ the illegals, taking advantage of their status, paying them Third World wages, driving down the labor market and ultimately, hurting the national economy
And today, Netanyahu went down to Israel's southern border to further his case.
Of course, the question is if this analysis and response is legitimate for Israel, why not for America?
PS Please hold the emails asserting an Israeli Prime Minister is already de facto President of the United States. I am aware of this view!