Under a barrage of criticism from his coalition partners, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu recanted on a deal with the UN to resettle in Western countries half of the 37,000 African migrants who infiltrated Israel illegally. On Monday, he announced the accord with the UN high commissioner for refugees, and threw it out a few hours later. It provided for the remainder to be given residency status in Israel. Netanyahu presented the UN option as a last resort, after Israel’s high court struck down attempts to deport the migrants against their will and the destination country Rwanda backed down. The fate of all 37,000 migrants is now up in the air, although the UN commissioner on refugees is still urging the prime minister to go back to their accord.