Israel’s Netanyahu scraps African migrant relocation deal


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>> Deal and then no deal. Israel’s Netanyahu backtracks on relocation plan for African migrants. I’m Jeffrey Heller, Reuters’ editor in charge in Jerusalem.>>

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> It’s a good agreement. I’m very glad that we achieved it.>> First, a TV appearance by the Israeli prime minister, announcing an agreement with the UN on relocating thousands of African migrants to countries in the west.

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The catch, nearly half of the estimated 37,000 migrants now in Israel will allowed to stay. The result a public outcry from the Netanyahu’s right wing political allies and from residents of a poor Tel Aviv neighborhood where many of the Africans live. Facing that kind of opposition, Netanyahu folds, announcing he’s suspending the deal.

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And hours later, he declares the agreement dead. All of…

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