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Israel Could Replace Palestinian Construction Workers With 1,00,000 Indians

But there is no confirmation from the Indian government.

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Israel's is reportedly looking to hire one lakh workers from India in a bid to replace Palestinians who were fired or whose work permits have been cancelled since the start of the war – following the Hamas attack in Israel on October 7.

According to a Voice of America (VOA) News report, Israel's construction sector confirmed it had asked its government to allow companies to hire up to one lakh workers from India to replace about 90,000 Palestinians.

An Israeli Builders Association member told VOA News that they were in negotiations with India in this regard and are currently waiting for a decision from the Israeli authorities for further approval. "We hope to engage some 50,000 to 100,000 workers from India to work across the sector and bring it to normalcy," VOA News quoted the member as saying.

But there has been no confirmation from the Indian government.

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The Agreement in The Past

During Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen's visit to India on May 9, the Framework Agreement on Facilitating Temporary Employment of Workers in Specific Labour Market Sectors in Israel was signed with India that will allow 42,000 Indians to work in Israel. This included nearly 34,000 Indian workers in the construction sector and around 8,000 for nursing needs.

This was the first time that Israel’s construction sector opened up to Indians, who are primarily hired as caregivers. The agreement also includes nursing staff.

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