Netanyahu does about-face on African migrant relocation to Israel, says UNHRC deal is being "postponed"
By: Dr. Jake Baker - TapWires News Service
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rethinks African Refugee decision. One day after approving a framework for a UN brokered solution to the African migrant situation in Israel the PM abruptly does an about face.
PM Netanyahu announced his decision to delay implementation of the UN framework at the start of a conference in his office with residents of south Tel Aviv neighborhoods in attendance who oppose an agreement crafted by United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) which would plant some 16,000 African migrants in the country and specifically in their neighborhoods, all of which sparked concerns including obvious and very real security concerns.
This situation had its genesis in an Israeli Supreme Court decision back in September of 2013 which opened the door to "illegal" migration of Africans to Israel. Many residents have seen the attendant violence and terrorism concerns associated with the African migrants and illegal migrants who according to the Israeli Supreme Court cannot be held or detained while undergoing background checks and identification verification.
Many residents say that threats of terrorism and the dramatic increase in crime are turning South Tel Aviv into a multicultural ghetto.
Under the Agreement which Netanyahu endorsed only 24 hours ago, the tiny country of Israel would absorb 16,000 African migrants while other “western countries” would absorb an additional 16,000. Obviously, the impact on Israeli neighborhoods would be much greater than the impact of the same number of migrants going to a single other larger country let alone other “western nations.”
"Every year I make thousands of decisions that benefit the State of Israel and the citizens of Israel," he said. "From time to time a decision is made that needs to be reconsidered."
Netanyahu said in the last 24 hours he had consulted with Interior Minister Aryeh Deri – who spoke alongside him on Monday in the PM’s office announcing the postponement of the UN framework. Also in attendance were other Israeli officials tasked with handling the issues and charged with representing the interests of the residents of the south Tel Aviv neighborhoods where the migrants live.
After listening to very strong “reservations” about the agreement, feeling enormous pushback and evaluating again the pros and cons of the agreement Netanyahu has decided that his support for the agreement was premature and that he was postponing the agreement for further consideration.
Netanyahu siting many obstacles not the least of which is security for the neighborhoods, said that despite "growing legal and international difficulties, we will continue to act with determination to exhaust all the possibilities available to us to remove the infiltrators, and at the same time we will continue to look for additional solutions."Benjamin Netanyahu, Foreign Policy, Immigration Policy, VIolence, Crime, Terrorism, Screening, African Migrants