Construction workers. "You presented a criterion for the entry of married Palestinian workers over the age of 35, but you forgot to mention how many attacks were carried out by married workers over the age of 35"/Reuven Castro
Shouting and uproar at the Economic Cabinet discussion on the return of Palestinian workers, with the National Security Council and representatives of construction companies interested in the return of Palestinian workers, while Knesset members vehemently reject it.
At the beginning of the hearing, a representative of the National Security Council presented an outline for returning Palestinian workers to work. Minister Gideon Sa'ar said, "It seems that the NSC has brought a proposal aimed at getting us to return the Palestinian workers. It's delusional."
Economy Minister Nir Barkat replied to the NSC representative: "You are living 6/10. You don't internalize that the world order has changed. We don't want to depend on Palestinian workers. There are elements in the government that are delaying the bringing of workers from other countries and harming the economy. Gone are the days when Israel will depend on the working hands of the Palestinian worker. We have to create alternatives."
Finance Minister Smotrich also objected, saying, "Even in Judea and Samaria, we are not prepared to return the Palestinian workers. Is the blood of the settlers in Judea and Samaria less red?"
Sa'ar added, "You presented here a criterion for bringing in married Palestinian workers over the age of 35, but you forgot to mention how many attacks were carried out by married people over the age of 35."
Bareket at Kibbutz Be'eri. "Q. Elements in the treasury that prevent the entry of workers from other countries. It's as if they insist that we be dependent on the Palestinians"/Screenshot, Nir Barkat's Facebook page
Avi Simhon, chairman of the National Economic Council and economic advisor to the prime minister, said, "The construction and infrastructure sector is shut down. That's ten billion shekels a month in damage. At least in this sector, workers must be brought in."
Barkat replied, "Do you want to bring the enemy into Israel? Are you crazy? Haven't you learned anything from the seventh of October? There are elements in the treasury that prevent the entry of workers from other countries. It's as if they insist that we be dependent on the Palestinians."
Sa'ar backed him up: "It's hard to fight the bureaucracy and bring in other workers, so you want to bring in the Palestinians. It's unbelievable."
According to Smotrich: "I strongly oppose the entry of Palestinian workers from Judea and Samaria," while Akunis said that "Simhon's statement that we depend on Palestinian workers is a sad statement."
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