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Bennett weighs offering help to transport Afghan refugees to third countries

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WASHINGTON — Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is weighing offering the Biden administration Israel’s assistance in transporting Afghan refugees from US bases to a third country of resettlement, two sources familiar with the matter confirmed to The Times of Israel on Saturday.

The sources clarified that Israel was not offering to resettle any refugees in the Jewish state and that those fleeing the country since the Taliban’s takeover would not set foot on Israeli soil. However, the proposal under consideration would see Israel help in the airlift of the refugees from US military bases in Qatar and Kuwait — where thousands who managed to escape are currently being housed — to a third country of resettlement.

The sources declined to provide further details, with one of them describing the sensitive proposal as “still in flux.”

A coalition official said the Prime Minister’s Office and the Foreign Ministry had both been approached........

© The Times of Israel

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