Will they accept infiltrators?
European countries not informed of Israel-UN agreement

Germany, Italy, say they have received no request to accept infiltrators from Israel despite agreement with UN.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

Angela Merkel
Angela Merkel
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced Monday that Germany, Italy and Canada are several of the countries that will absorb infiltrators from Israel, as part of the agreement with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

However, Germany and Italy have not been briefed on the plan.

The German embassy responded Monday to inquiries about the plan, saying that so far no request had been received from Israel or the United Nations or the UNHCR for refugees to initiate procedures to absorb infiltrators.

In addition, a source in the Italian Foreign Ministry said that the country had not received any request on the matter and even denied that Italy had a chance of absorbing thousands of infiltrators from Israel.

Under the agreement, the UNHCR, said that it would work to bring at least 16,250 of the infiltrators to Western countries, on condition that Israel grant visas to the rest of the infiltrators.

The agreement claims that most of those who will remain would have remained anyways, due to their "status" as a "protected population."

Prime Minister Netanyahu explained why the Israeli government reached the agreement with the UNHCR Monday.

"From the moment we understood that the solution of [sending the infiltrators to] a third country was not on the table, and that the situation was that everyone would remain, we found ourselve in a trap," Netanyahu explained.

He said that the deal reached with the UNHCR was an "unprecedented agreement."

"This agreement will allow for the departure from Israel of 16,250 migrants to developed countries, such as Canada, Germany and Italy," he added.


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