Backing out of ‘best solution’ for African migrants in Israel


by NJJN Editorial

The ultimate resolution of the fate of the more than 39,000 African migrants in Israel — described as “illegal immigrants,” and worse, by critics, and “asylum seekers” by advocates — remains to be seen. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision on Tuesday to cancel an agreement with the United Nations he heralded only the day before as “the best solution” to the vexing problem of the migrants’ status, is troubling and disappointing. Many questions remain, but several factors have become clear during a dramatic Passover week, with themes of exodus and liberation echoing from biblical times to today — and then put on hold, if not withdrawn altogether.

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