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Cablegate: Embassy Tel Aviv Contacts Goi to Request Urgent

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SUBJECT: EMBASSY TEL AVIV CONTACTS GOI TO REQUEST URGENT
ASSISTANCE WITH DISPOSITION OF 46 AFRICAN MIGRANTS RESCUED
AT SEA BY USN

REF: SECSTATE 116313

1. (SBU) DCM Luis Moreno conveyed reftel request for
assistance to Alon Ushpiz, head of the Foreign Ministry's
Bureau of Coordination. (Ushpiz is equivalent of Deputy
Director General to Foreign Ministry Director General Aaron
Abramovich.) Following internal GOI discussion, Ushpiz
informed DCM that there would likely be a "positive" response
from the Prime Minister's Office in regard to the issue.
Ushpiz went on to say that this "tendency to be positive" was
dependent on USG responsibility for the final settlement of
the migrants, and that it would be a one shot deal that would
not be repeated. (Comment: The "positive" remark was perhaps
an implied counterpoint to critics of Israeli refugee policy,
especially mounting media and NGO pressure regarding Sudanese
asylum seekers. End comment.) Ushpiz also stressed that the
migrants would be held in a military base and although
treated humanely, would not have luxurious quarters.
However, when Ushpiz contacted the DCM later in the day,
after the matter had reached the Prime Minister's office, he
apologetically informed the DCM that the GOI had turned down
the request. Ushpiz did not offer specific reasons why the
GOI had, counter to his earlier optimism, decided not to
respond positively to this request for assistance.
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