Israel's state prosecutor, saying the government has not approved a plan to arrest Sudanese asylum seekers, rejected a petition by Israeli human rights organizations to prevent its implementation.
Migrant workers from the Ivory Coast have two weeks to leave Israel before they begin being arrested and ultimately deported, Israel's Interior Minister Eli Yishai said.
Israeli leaders were sharply criticized in a government watchdog's report on Wednesday into emergency services' lack of preparedness for a 2010 forest fire that killed 44 people, but there were no calls for dismissal.
Israel said on Monday it had started rounding up African migrants in the first stage of a controversial "emergency plan" to intern and deport thousands deemed a threat to the Jewish character of the state.
Most African migrants in Israel are involved in criminal activity and should be imprisoned and deported, Israel's interior minister said.
Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai apologized for saying that Israel fell short in the Second Lebanon War because its soldiers did not have faith.
In the wake of the Carmel Forest fire, Israel's government approved more than $223 million for homefront emergency preparedness and disasters. Nearly $100,000 will be allocated to establishing an upgraded national fire service and an aerial firefighting force, according to the bill approved Sunday. The vote was 20 to 3 with one abstention. Interior Minister Eli Yishai opposed the bill, demanding a doubling of the budget for fire services.