Don`t deport immigrant kids, pleads Israel PM`s wife

The wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has urged the government not to deport 400 children of foreign workers, in a letter to the interior minister, press reports said on Sunday.

Last Updated: Aug 15, 2010, 19:19 PM IST

Jerusalem: The wife of Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has urged the government not to
deport 400 children of foreign workers, in a letter to the
interior minister, press reports said on Sunday.

"As a psychologist working in the public sector and
the mother of two children, I beg you to use your authority to
allow most of the 400 children to stay in Israel," wrote Sara
Netanyahu in a letter addressed to Interior Minister Eli
Yishai.

The cabinet earlier this month, approved a proposal
to deport 400 children of foreign workers while allowing
another 800 to remain in the Jewish state. All 1,200 had been
threatened with deportation.

Yishai, who heads up the ultra-Orthodox Shas party,
had defended the controversial decision in the name of
"defending the Jewish character of the state" against a threat
posed by illegal immigration.

Several thousand Israelis, including Aliza Olmert,
wife of the former premier Ehud Olmert, demonstrated in Tel
Aviv on Saturday against the deportations which are expected
to take effect over the coming weeks.

The government decision means children who have
lived in the country for more than five years and who speak
Hebrew will be allowed to remain, with permanent residency
permits.

PTI