The Israeli government has announced that there is a “high probability” that an unnamed country—widely reported to be Uganda—has now agreed to take the African invaders in the Jewish state following Benjamin Netanyahu’s flip-flop policy announcements on the issue.
African invaders leave the Saharonim Prison in southern Israel on April 4, 2018, after Rwanda backed out of an agreement to take them in.
According to a report in the Jerusalem-based Times of Israel, a document submitted to the Israeli High Court of Justice by the state requested permission to extend the detention of 212 Sudanese and Eritrean invaders in a holding facility in southern Israel until a final deportation deal was reached.
After dispatching a special envoy on Wednesday for negotiations with the unnamed country, the state argued the talks were encouraging, but said more time was needed to clinch a final agreement.
The attorney general has been updated on the “high probability” of an imminent deal, it said.
The state’s assessment was laid out in a response to a High Court petition filed on behalf of a number of pro-invader activists who argued that the continued imprisonment of the asylum seekers was illegal.
On Wednesday, 58 Africans were freed from the Saharonim Prison after a controversial plan to deport them to Rwanda fell apart.
The state informed the court on Wednesday it will free the remaining Saharonim detainees if the agreement with the “second country” similarly collapses.
Although the state papers before the court did not say which country the “second” one was, it is widely reported that it will be Uganda.
However, that country’s Foreign Affairs Minister Henry Okello Oryem denied the existence of an agreement with Israel on the issue.
“We will insist that the airlines return them (the asylum seekers) to the country where they came from,” he said in a statement. “We do not have a contract, any understanding, formal or informal, with Israel for them to dump their refugees here.”