‘Zigzagger’: Netanyahu’s reversal on African migrants draws scorn

The flip-flop by Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week, killing an agreement to resettle thousands of African asylum seekers to Western nations, appeared to shock the United Nations and the international community. 

But the reversal shouldn’t be all that surprising.

While Israel has struggled for years with the moral question of what to do with nearly 40,000 African migrants living here, their supporters within the Jewish state are a minority, polling suggests.

And the man behind the capitulation — Prime Minister Netanyahu — has a history of changing his mind in the face of public pressure. He shelved plans for an egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall last summer and then backed down on placing metal detectors at a holy site, both in Jerusalem’s Old City.

It seems…

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