Netanyahu blames left-wing NGO for destroying original deportation deal with Rwanda

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lashed out at the New Israel Fund on Tuesday evening, accusing the left-wing NGO of pressuring the Rwandese government to pull out of the original deportation deal. Netanyahu added that the Knesset will form a committee of inquiry into the group’s activities.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Photo Credit: Kobi Richter/TPS

On social media on Tuesday evening, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the New Israel Fund, a left-wing NGO, accusing it of destroying the original plan to deport African asylum keepers.

In a Facebook post, Netanyahu stated that he has asked the coalition chairman to establish a parliamentary committee of inquiry into the group’s activities. According to Netanyahu, the NGO was “the main source that exerted European pressure on the government in Rwanda to withdraw from the agreement.”

“The New Israel Fund is a foreign organization that receives funding from foreign governments and groups that are hostile to Israel, like the funds owned by George Soros,” he added. “The main goal of the fund is to erase the Jewish character of Israel and turn it into a state for all its citizens alongside a Palestinian nation-state, clean of Jews with the 1967 borders and Jerusalem as its capital.”

“I don’t know of any Western democracy, and particularly the United States, that would have been prepared to tolerate hostile activity funded by foreign countries, like has happened here in Israel with the New Israel Fund for decades,” he continued. “Therefore, I’ve asked coalition chairman David Amsalem to lead the process of establishing a parliamentary committee of inquiry into the activities of the New Israel Fund, which is endangering the safety and future of the State of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people.”

Yesterday, Netanyahu announced that he signed a deal with the United Nations that would see to the deportation of over 16,000 African asylum seekers and refugees while granting temporary residency status to others. However, his announcement was strongly criticized by Israeli right-wing politicians because of the high number of illegal African migrants who would be allowed to stay in Israel, leading him to announce the cancelation of the deal in south Tel Aviv this morning.

“After re-evaluating the pros and cons, I have decided to cancel the agreement,” Netanyahu told residents of the area. “Every year, I make thousands of decisions that benefit the State of Israel and its citizens. Once in a while, a decision that has been made needs to be reconsidered.”

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