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September 8, 2015 12:52 pm

Hungary, Bulgaria Turn to Israel for Advice as EU Migrant Crisis Explodes

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Rescued migrants off the coast of Malta in 2013. The EU has been dealing with a large influx of migrants escaping war-torn countries in the Middle East and Africa, which has substantially escalated in recent weeks. Photo: U.S. Navy via Wikimedia Commons.

Rescued migrants off the coast of Malta in 2013. The EU has been dealing with a large influx of migrants escaping war-torn countries in the Middle East and Africa, which has substantially escalated in recent weeks. Photo: U.S. Navy via Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – After hundreds of Middle Eastern and African refugees were barred from taking a train from Hungary to the Austrian border, many of them are now attempting to cross 106 miles into Austria on foot. Meanwhile, both Hungary and Bulgaria have reportedly asked Israel for advice on building a border fence to keep migrants out.

Israel, which has itself been dealing with a migrant crisis from Africa in recent years, has built a border fence near Egypt that has slowed the entry of African migrants into the Jewish state. An Israeli business source told Reuters that preliminary inquiries by both European countries have been made about purchasing Israeli-designed fences, which if implemented could be 15-20 feet high and installed with barbed wires as well as security cameras.

Israel’s border fence, installed along the country’s 143-mile border with Egypt, was completed in 2013. The fence cost approximately $380 million to build. Industry sources say that European countries may have to pay as much as 15 percent more to build such a fence along their borders due to the particular topography in those countries.

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In Europe, the migrant crisis is becoming more severe each day. Antonio Guterres, the head of the U.N.’s High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), called the EU’s response to the crisis as “unbalanced and dysfunctional” and warned that the EU will need to admit as many as 200,000 refugees as part of “a mass relocation program” with the “mandatory participation” of all EU member nations, the BBC reported.

Bulgaria, considered to be one of the EU’s most financially struggling nations, is facing a migrant problem that “is a lot bigger than it might look from the outside,” said Bulgaria’s interior minister, Rumiana Bachvarova, back in May, Politico reported. Hungary, which in recent weeks as become a more major entry point for many migrants seeking to get into other EU nations such as Austria and Germany, has taken a tough stand on the issue.

“Today we are talking about tens of thousands but next year we will be talking about millions and this has no end,” said Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, according to AFP. “We have to make it clear that we can’t allow everyone in, because if we allow everyone in, Europe is finished. If you are rich and attractive to others, you also have to be strong because if not, they will take away what you have worked for and you will be poor, too.”

On the other hand, the humanity of the migrants, many of whom are escaping war torn countries in Africa and the Middle East, has not gone unnoticed. This week, the photo of the lifeless body of toddler Aylan Kurdy, who drowned with his brother and mother and was discovered dead on a Turkish beach, has strung the hearts of people around the world.

“He only wanted to go to Europe for the sake of his children,” said Suleiman Kurdi, the brother of the grieving father Abdullah Kurdi, who was the only survivor of his family.

EU officials, by most accounts, so far oppose the idea of building fences to keep migrants out of Europe.

“When you talk about the management of migratory flows, the fence itself is not the solution, just as border control is not the panacea for migration flows. You have to stabilize the countries of origin from which the refugees flee,” said Izabella Cooper, spokeswoman for Frontex, the EU agency in charge of border management.

“[European countries] all want solutions and see the relevance of our technologies. But they also need EU support and this has not been forthcoming,” the Israeli source told Reuters.

Bulgarian and Hungarian officials have not denied the report that they have reached out to Israel for advice.

“I presume that such is the case because the cooperation between the [Israeli and Bulgarian] ministries of internal affairs and security is quite intensive,” said Bulgaria’s deputy ambassador in Israel, Rayko Pepelanov.

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  • Jonah Lissner

    Let us build an alliance with the Eastern Europeans. At the same time we must build alliances with Kurds and allied people grouped under the term refugees in Europe. Furthermore there are at least as many Jews in all of Europe, from Britain to Russia, greater than the total population of Wales, 3.5 millions. Let us bring our people to Israel and make a great nation.

    Adding the Jewish population of Europe and the Jewish population of Israel, would be more than 10 million Jews-strong in Israel at this time. That power would give us ample growth rate of more than c. 25% per decade at current demographic increase per year. In that scenario with the added Haredi increases we would practically see nearly 15 million Jews in Israel proper in another decade, armed to the teeth and highly intelligent and adaptable populations, added to a strong alliance with Kurds at c. 50 million peoples in the Mesopotamian region proper.

  • Ironically, this is the best punishment Europe can have after making sure that six million Jews perished by the Nazis and helped by their allies in Europe.

    The fear that the Jews have lived through for centuries in Europe will not visit the average European. Girls and woman being raped, people tortured, others imprisoned for daring o strike back, general fear and mayhem will ensue.

    In ten years, the Muslim population in Europe will dominate European politics to the point that a new Caliphate will be the majority political party. High birthrates, and low education will spell the end of Europe as we know it.

  • R.S. Wasserman

    On the issue of Israel advising Hungary and Bulgaria on
    building fences to keep out migrants, the Israeli govern-
    ment should refuse them any consultation. The reasons for
    building the fences around the borders of Judea and Sama-
    ria and the Sinai are totally different. While those
    countries may feel threatened demographically,politically
    and economically, they do not have the same security
    concerns as Israel.

  • Michael E

    The former socialist Eastern European countries are the only countries in the EU that haven’t been brainwashed into stupidity. The liberal-left in the “old” EU countries has now for decades been brainwashing the citizens through PC schools and media into a mindless mass, which sees racism and Islamophobia in anybody that questions the mass immigration of Muslims that is taking place.

  • Pinchas Baram in Boston

    if you want to know the b.s. and lies (taqqia, anyone?) behind the dead baby who drowned, go on pamela geller’s web site atlasshrugged.org (or com, i forget which at the moment). VERY revealing info about the daddy of the kid, etc., etc.

  • enufizenuf

    This invasion is being caused purposefully by ISIS.
    They clearly stated last February that they intended
    to flood Europe with half-a-million refugees.

  • Isaac brajtman

    In 20 years time Europe will be populated by millions of “refugees ” who have graded Europe to their level. By then millions more being born now will flood in . So firstly we need to stop the uncontrolled birth rate in Africa and the Middle East. And send back all economic ” refugees” and help them sort out their homelands.unfortunately the U.N.O. Should be the organisation to sort it out, but that sham setup is controlled by the Middle east and Africa. So maybe w e should start by disbanding that and using its money to help

  • Nathaniel James Warshay

    Hungary claims that it is required by EU law to register the migrants/refugees, even though they don’t want to settle there. That would make sense if Hungary weren’t landlocked. Have none of these migrants come through other EU countries to get to Hungary on their way to the German countries?

    Why not just give them all free passage and then help the Austrians register them on their side of the border?

  • MEMENTO MORI

    thank you taking me

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