How Many Foreign Construction Workers Does Israel Really Need?

Building industry and Housing Ministry sources may not agree on the exact numbers, but they all say more workers are needed.

MK Miri Regev (Likud), an outspoken proponent of expelling African asylum seekers from Israel, raised eyebrows at a recent Knesset Interior and Environment Committee meeting when she called for increasing the number of foreign workers in Israel. She didn’t have Sudanese or Eritrean refugees in mind, though, but rather construction workers, preferably from China, who specialize in the...