What surprises me about this story isn't that Prime Minister Netanyahu recognized this "right of return" ploy under the guise of aiding in the "Syrian refugee crisis" - Bibi is ever vigilant about protecting his country and was born long before yesterday, as it were - but that the lone Jewish State in the entire region was asked to take in a flood of Muslim "refugees" at all. That crazy idea is the epitome of "what could possibly go wrong?".
Which, of course, is why precisely why they were asked. The surprise is that they thought Netanyahu wouldn't catch it:
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said he would not allow Israel to be "submerged" by refugees after calls for the Jewish state to take in those fleeing Syria's war.
Speaking at the weekly cabinet meeting, Netanyahu also announced the start of construction of a fence along Israel's border with Jordan, according to his office.
"We will not allow Israel to be submerged by a wave of illegal migrants and terrorist activists," Netanyahu said.
"Israel is not indifferent to the human tragedy of Syrian and African refugees... but Israel is a small country — very small — without demographic or geographic depth. That is why we must control our borders."
See, Tea Party Trumpsters, there really are "professional politicians" who recognize the value and necessity of safeguarding national sovereignty.
Although they are, indeed, a rarity:
Opposition leader Isaac Herzog on Saturday said Israel should take in Syrian refugees, recalling the plight of Jews who sought refuge from past conflicts.
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas also called for Israel to allow Palestinians from refugee camps in Syria to travel to the Palestinian territories, whose external borders are controlled by the Jewish state.
Abbas's motivation is obvious - the Palestinian right of return (i.e. the demographic invasion of Israel, outnumbering the Jews in their own country and getting voted out of it, in effect). Herzog is simply a leftwingnut moron whose recognition that Iran gaining nuclear weapons being an existential threat to his country has to be considered a major miracle. Small wonder that Barack Obama pulled out all the stops to put Herzog in the Israeli premiership last spring.
But just as with our own country's immigration insanity, it's a question not of denying anybody "compassion" and "mercy," but remembering to which people those virtues must be shown first.
In short, as I've stated on many an occasion, whose country is it? Israelis are blessed indeed that their elected leader knows the correct answer to that vital question.