Israel scraps plan to deport thousands of African arrivals after UN deal – then backtracks hours later

Israel announced a deal with the UN to resettle African migrants in Western nations, lifting the threat of forced expulsions –  but put the agreement on hold just hours later. 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had announced the deal on national television, saying Israel agreed to cancel the planned expulsion of tens of thousands of African migrants – many of whom say they are claiming asylum from persecution. Mr Nentanyahu said the deal with the United Nations called for sending half of them to Western nations and allowing the rest to remain in Israel. 

But late on Monday, Mr Netanyahu said he was “suspending” the deal in order to discuss the arrangement with Israeli residents of south Tel Aviv areas with large migrant populations. 

“After meeting with the…

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