Likud MKs Threaten Walkout Over Ethiopian Immigration

Likud MK Abraham Naguise. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Likud MK Abraham Naguise. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Two members of the Likud party have threatened to boycott coalition votes in the Knesset in protest against the government’s backtracking on a promise to bring the remaining Ethiopian Jewish community to Israel this year.

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister’s Office, Udi Praver, announced that Israel would not be organizing a mass immigration this year of Ethiopia’s 9,000 remaining applicants for immigration, reneging on a previous government resolution.

Instead, only a fraction of that number would be brought, about 500 elderly and sick people.

On Monday afternoon, Absorption Committee chairman Dr. Avraham Naguise (Likud) and Internal Affairs chairman David Amsalem (Likud) expressed outrage and threatened to walk out on votes for the coalition, which would wipe out its one-vote majority in the Knesset.