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Monday, March 18, 2024 

Netanyahu's rebuttal to Schumer

Israel's prime minister has spoken out against the disgraceful Democrat senator Charles Schumer:
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) this week after Schumer tried to meddle in Israel’s elections last week.

Netanyahu made the remarks during a Sunday interview with CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union” in response to Schumer calling for Netanyahu’s ouster.

“I think what he said is totally inappropriate,”
Netanyahu said. “It’s inappropriate for to go to a sister democracy and try to replace the elected leadership there. That’s something that Israel, the Israeli public does on its own, and we’re not a banana republic.”

“I think the only government that we should be working on to bring down now is the terrorist tyranny in Gaza, the Hamas tyranny that murdered over 1,000 Israelis, including some dozens of Americans, and is holding Americans and Israelis hostage. That’s what we should be focused on,”
he continued. “And as far as what Senator Schumer said, the majority of Israelis support our governments; 82 percent of Americans support Israel, instead of Hamas. But the majority of Israelis support the policies that we’re leading, go into Rafah, destroy the remaining Hamas terrorist battalions, make sure that we don’t put into Gaza, instead of Hamas, the Palestinian Authority that educates their children towards terrorism and the annihilation of Israel.”
Even if Schumer's ostensibly apologized, the damage has regrettably been done, and it's no simple feat repairing it. The best Schumer can do now is resign from a position he doesn't deserve.

Since we're on the subject, Dr. Michael Sarel says employing palestinian workers hurts Israeli economy, and even worse, safety:
Since the Six-Day War and up until October 7, Palestinian workers from Judea and Samaria were permitted to work in Israel, primarily in the construction industry. Their number often changed, usually rising when the security situation stabilized, and falling (sometimes extremely sharply) in times of hostilities or security-related tensions due to terrorism concerns. In the third quarter of 2023 (right before the war), the number of Palestinian workers holding a work permit reached a peak of 127,000. Similarly, in the third quarter of 2000 (right before the Palestinian terror wave beginning on September 30, 2000) the number of workers permitted to work in Israel hit new peaks. In addition to the workers holding permits, many Palestinians with no such permit (known as shabakhim – illegal residents) also worked on Israeli construction sites, often staying overnight in Israel, and working elsewhere as well. In the past decade, the percentage of workers without a permit out of all Palestinian workers from Judea and Samaria working in Israel was estimated to be between 22%-43%, and this percentage was extremely volatile as well.

The volatility in the number of Palestinian workers and the dependence of the construction industry's regular operation on the arrival of such workers present an extremely harmful combination. Construction industry entrepreneurs and contractors got accustomed to getting cheap labor whenever the security situation was calm, a privilege practically nonexistent in other Israeli industries, and completely nonexistent in construction industries in many other developed countries. Whenever conditions change and security closures are implemented due to terror attacks or war, entrepreneurs and contractors demand government assistance, on the grounds that their industry has been critically hit, construction sites stand empty, and it is the government's (i.e. the public's) responsibility to find a solution. Even with government assistance, the timeframe for housing construction is lengthened and the supply of housing units can be diminished, driving up prices. Meanwhile, entrepreneurs and contractors avoid massive capital investments or the adoption of new technologies that facilitate less labor-intensive construction methods (as is the case in many developed countries). Even when virtually no Palestinian workers arrive (such as in the months of war following October 7), construction entrepreneurs and contractors continue to avoid doing so, since they estimate that the government will cave to their pressure within a short while, reverse their policy position and restore permission for the mass entry of Palestinian workers.

The construction industry has a few good alternatives to Palestinian labor, aside from capital investment and technological innovation. These include Israeli labor (mainly low-education young Arab adults, whose alternative is usually unemployment or joining criminal gangs); bringing in foreign construction companies to carry out major projects (so long as they do so by tender, meeting commonly accepted Israeli legal criteria, and commit to handling the import and employment of their workers and to ensuring their exit from the country at the end of the project as the condition for payment); and bringing in foreign workers under bilateral agreements with other states. The latter should entail taxes and substantial employment fees (much higher than they are today) to compensate the rest of the Israeli public for the economic-social-national harms created by bringing in foreign workers, as well as strict monitoring of which states bilateral agreements are signed with in order to minimize the risk of foreign workers settling in Israel.
It would do well for anybody who cares and has the money to found construction companies that don't rely on such cheap labor that risks bringing about terrorist infiltrators to provide alternatives to those who are risking everyone's safety. And businesses who care should do their best to avoid hiring construction companies employing Muslims from Judea/Samaria/Gaza, who could end up spying for jihadist movements. Public safety cannot be jeopardized anymore.

Update: also of vital concern is that Schumer's "rabbi" is a J-Street propagandist who opposes the war against Hamas.

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