Coalition crisis averted: 9000 Ethiopian immigrants to be brought to Israel over 5 years

New immigrants from Ethiopia will start coming to Israel in June, 1300 will be brought by the end of the year, and pending budget approval 9000 over the next five years, according to an agreement Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reached Thursday with Likud rebel MKs David Amsalem and Avraham Neguise.

Netanyahu met with the MKs Wednesday night at his office and negotiations continued for several hours on Thursday with officials in the Prime Minister’s Office. Amsalem said he and Neguise proved to Netanyahu that the cost of absorbing the immigrants was less than the Finance Ministry was telling him, so he agreed to budget bringing the immigrants.


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