Far-right Union Chief Confirms New Migrant Court as Condition to Join Government

'Before extending sovereignty over the Jordan Valley, we need to extend sovereignty in south Tel Aviv,' Ayelet Shaked says ■ Proposed court's rulings could not be appealed to a regular district court

Yamina head Ayelet Shaked (R) and leader of the battle against asylum seekers in south Tel Aviv Sheffi Paz, south Tel Aviv, Israel, April 2019.
Nir Keidar

Far-right alliance Yamina head Ayelet Shaked officially declared on Thursday that her party would condition its entry into any government on the establishment of a special immigration court whose rulings could not be appealed to a regular district court, as was reported by Haaretz on Wednesday.

According to the agreement between Shaked and Sheffi Paz, a leader of the battle against asylum seekers in south Tel Aviv, migrants would be able to file an appeal against decisions made by the migration courts only with the High Court of Justice, but not with a district court or the Supreme Court.

Shaked confirmed that her party would commit to amend the Law of Entry so that it forbids granting legal residency to anyone who either entered the country illegally or remained here illegally, unless the cabinet explicitly approves it.

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“Before extending sovereignty over the Jordan Valley, we need to extend sovereignty in south Tel Aviv,” Shaked said on Thursday.

Shaked made her remark in reference to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's announcement on Tuesday that he would extend Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea if reelected.

Shaked, who personally conducted the negotiations with Paz, added that her party would include the agreements reached with Sheffi in coalition agreements, "if we manage to form a government. We need to incentivize infiltrators to leave and uproot their motivation to work and earn money here.”

Sheffi said that "south Tel Aviv is a symbol of foreign occupation, a symbol of a failed immigration policy, which is eroding the homeland."    

According to the agreement, every asylum seeker who isn’t recognized as a refugee will be able to obtain temporary or permanent residency only in exceptional cases. This status is currently granted to hundreds of asylum seekers from Eritrea and Sudan based on decision made by the government, the Population, Immigration and Border Authority, and sometimes by the courts.