Decision to restrict Ethiopian aliyah prompts small MKs rebellion

Citing budget issues, the Prime Minister’s Office has decided to limit the number of Ethiopians entering the country this year, eliciting a harsh backlash from legislators and reopening the long running controversy over how to handle those remaining behind in Africa following previous waves of immigration.

Following Monday’s announcement MKs Avraham Neguise and David Amsalem, chairs of the Knesset Immigration and Interior Committees respectively, accused the Netanyahu administration of looking for an excuse not to bring the rest of the Jews of Ethiopia and threatened to break coalition discipline in retaliation for the move.


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