(JNS.org) Tens of thousands of illegal Palestinians enter into Israel every day and that more effective policies and penalties are needed to stem the flow, said Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot.
According to Eizenkot, over 50,000 Palestinians enter Israel illegally every day though gaps in the security barrier. In total only 4,300 are arrested every year, but only 1,500 are indicted.
“The front in Judea and Samaria is a challenge to the IDF in recent months…the Palestinians see terror as a political and religious tool,” Eizenkot told Israeli lawmakers at a special hearing, Haaretz reported.
Israel needs to invest in improvements in procedures for granting work permits to Palestinians as well as harsher penalties for employers who provide sleeping quarters and transportation for illegal workers, he said.
“A balance must be created between the needs of the Palestinian economy and security requirements,” Eizenkot said. “Permit holders were not terrorists in the latest wave and it seems to me not even over the past decade. We are making great effort to close the gaps but there are still about 100 kilometers without a security fence."