Israel’s Netanyahu scraps African migrant relocation deal


>> 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.>>


> 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.


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.


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

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