Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting in the southern city of Dimona on March 20, 2018. / AFP / Menahem KAHANA
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that an electronic fence along the Israel-Egypt border has saved the Jewish state from Islamist militant attacks or what he believes would be worse – a tide of African migrants.The Interior Ministry says there are currently some 42,000 African migrants in Israel, mainly from Sudan and Eritrea, and the government has ordered that thousands of them must leave the country or face indefinite imprisonment.They began slipping into Israel illegally in 2007 through what was then a porous border with Egypt's lawless Sinai region. Netanyahu said a tide of non-Jewish immigration would threaten the very fabric of Israel.
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