July 26, 2005

The Minister of the Interior appointed an advisory committee to examine Israel’s immigration laws.

The committee’s task is “to propose an immigration policy for the State of Israel, to examine the relevant legislation including the Law of Return, the Citizenship Law and the Israel Entry Law, and to look into the procedures used by the Population Administration,” which implements immigration policy.

The advisory committee is expected to recommend legal methods by which Israel can tighten its immigration laws, since three members of the advisory committee have already served on a National Security Council (NSC) panel that suggested principles under which immigration restrictions could be made more strict.

The panel sought to maintain a distinct Jewish majority to preserve Israel’s status as a Jewish and democratic state.