Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a meeting with Czech foreign minister, at the prime minister’s office in Jerusalem, on April 4, 2016. AFP / POOL / Sebastian Scheiner
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Israel is to admit hundreds more Ethiopian migrants with family in the Jewish state, the ruling party said, resolving a political crisis that had threatened to bring down the government.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party said Thursday night it had agreed with its partners in the vulnerable coalition government that 1,300 Ethiopians would come this year and more would be considered later.The people in question are members of a community known as Falash Mura, descendants of Ethiopian Jews who converted to Christianity, many under duress, in the 18th and 19th centuries.Two Likud lawmakers had announced that in protest they would no longer vote for the government in the Knesset, where it already held only a knife-edge majority of one seat in the 120-member legislature.
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