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Originally published in The Express.
Officials in Brussels promised Turkey £2.5billion and visa-free travel by June if it clamps down on the number of migrants making their way into Europe through its borders.
As EU bureaucrats continue to thrash out a deal, Tom Wilson, a Fellow at the Centre for the New Middle East at The Henry Jackson Society, says Brussels is oblivious to Israel’s efforts to stop illegal migration from Africa.
Mr Wilson said: “For now, at least, and for an extortionately high price, Turkey’s co-operation seems to have been bought.
“But while Europe is being blackmailed into offering a whole host of concessions to Turkey, there is another country that has done a great deal to prevent the flow of illegal migration towards Europe, whose role is widely ignored.
“For some years now Israel has been serving as a buffer preventing illegal migration that would potentially flow towards Europe.
“Israel initially accepted a proportionately large and growing number of Eritrean refugees in the late 2000s.
“However, as it became increasingly apparent that many coming were not refugees from Sudan at all, but economic migrants from across Africa, Israel began to implement measures to prevent illegal crossings into its territory.”