Israeli Shortcut has contacted all the heads of the political parties and MKs and asked them to mobilize and establish a caucus on behalf of foreign citizens living in Israel.
Establishing a caucus is necessary to bring to the fore all the problems confronting foreign residents after which solutions and significant procedures can be implemented to help them.
Foreign residents particularly suffer from bureaucracy and discrimination in municipal and government offices. There are also many lacunae in Israeli law which affect this population. The numerous legal matters which must be amended touch upon nearly every aspect of their lives and involve almost every government office. Unfortunately, because this population has no electoral power, they usually fall between the cracks.
The chairman of Israeli Shortcut, Zev Zer, explains the importance and urgency of a caucus: "This population has to fulfill the same duties as all other Israeli citizens, but they experience discrimination in comparison to other Israeli citizens when it comes to their rights because they lack electoral power.
"The State of Israel invests billions to encourage aliya, while if they would pass laws and amendments to guarantee this population’s rights, it would unquestionably result in a trend of increased aliya and a commensurate decline in yerida. It wouldn’t even require investing millions from the state’s coffers; just basic humanitarian measures that would allow them to live in Israel with far less hassle".
“We hope that the parliamentary members realize the necessity and need for this caucus and together we can make a difference".
“Such a development would not only be appreciated by foreign citizens living in Israel, but would be an expression of gratitude to our brothers abroad who have done so much to support and safeguard Israel".