Israeli U-turn on migrants deal prolongs African agony | AW staff

London – Israel’s decision to cancel a deal with the United Nations to resettle thousands of African migrants and refugees in Western countries has thrown the fate of the country’s unwelcome visitors into jeopardy.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced April 2 that Israel agreed to an arrangement with the United Nations that would result in approximately 16,000 migrants being resettled in Western countries, with the same number granted temporary right to stay in Israel.

Within hours of the announcement, however, Netanyahu said he would shelf the deal. He cancelled it altogether the next day.

Netanyahu’s stunning reversal was the latest twist in an approach to immigration policy that has careened from detentions to deportations as Israel struggles to deal with its migrant…

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