ISRAEL - Terror Attack by Illegal Worker

Arno Froese

The perpetrator of [the] terror attack in Bnei Brak, Dia Hamarsha, had been working illegally at a construction site in the city.

In 2020, 80,000-90,000 Palestinians officially worked in Israel, and 30,000-40,000 in Israeli settlements. The International Labor Organization estimated that around 26,000 Palestinians worked illegally in Israel and the settlements.

According to Israeli law, Palestinians from the West Bank who wish to work in Israel need to possess a permit known as a Tasrih, which allows them to cross into Israel and work. Employers are also required to obtain permits in order to employ them.

The problem, however, is that demand far outstrips supply. Palestinians make up the bulk of Israel’s construction workers, and higher employment rates of Palestinians in the West Bank usually translate into less terror.

The issue is not new, but a solution is not in sight. In police operation “Peak 1” that took place between March 9 and 11, nearly 6,000 border police officers arrested 678 people involved in the illegal Palestinian labor market, including 584 workers, 76 people suspected of transporting them, 11 employers and seven hosts.

In the wake of [the] attack, the police arrested another 49 Palestinians illegally in Israel, and began criminal investigations against three business owners who employed them, and against drivers of four vehicles being used to transport them., 30 March 2022

Arno's Commentary

Israel’s border, security walls and fences are considered the most secure in the world. For Arabs from Judea and Samaria who wish to work in Jerusalem, there are a number of obstacles and checkpoints to pass. Yet, the article states, “…around 26,000 Palestinians worked illegally in Israel…” 

So much for walls and fences. The other undeniable fact is, “…higher employment rates of Palestinians in the West Bank usually translate into less terror.”

While it may not be called “terror” in most Western countries, poverty is one of the main reasons for crime rates to rise.

In Israel’s case, as the article indicates, those who come illegally are the greatest danger. Doubtless, we could cite the malfunctioning Arab-Palestinian authorities in their failure to control extremism, but the issue remains: Israel needs manual, often unskilled laborers, and Arab-Palestinians are there to fill the gap. 

One day, however, a revolutionary event will occur. It will be the time when peace is instituted on planet earth, as the prophet Daniel proclaims: “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book” (Daniel 12:1).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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