The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT&ANALYSIS -

JOUR­NAL­IST Ger­shom Goren­berg ar­gues that a plan by Is­raeli Fi­nance Min­is­ter Roni Bar-On to rid Is­rael of all il­le­gal im­mi­grants within five years is un­re­al­is­tic: “The story did not state that Bar-On will then es­cape Is­rael in a fly­ing saucer pi­loted by three-eyed green men, but it could have. BarOn has about as much chance of end­ing il­le­gal eco­nomic im­mi­gra­tion to Is­rael as he does of the fly­ing-saucer get-away. Eight and a half per cent of the Is­raeli work­force now con­sists ei­ther of labour im­mi­grants and Pales­tini­ans from the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries. With dras­tic ef­forts, the gov­ern­ment may re­duce that num­ber tem­po­rar­ily, and then it will bounce back. Eco­nomic im­mi­gra­tion is the other side of glob­al­i­sa­tion. We can pro­duce clothes more cheaply some place and ship it here. We can­not, how­ever, ship our back­yards to China to be gar­dened, or our build­ings to Thai­land to be built, or our el­derly to the Philip­pines for 24-hour care. Like ev­ery other West­ern coun­try, we glob­alise by let­ting the third world come here to do that work. One way that we keep the price of that labour down is by keep­ing much of the im­mi­gra­tion il­le­gal.” south­

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