Israel’s Triumphant Return to Africa

It may well be Israel’s diplomatic isolation that has prompted the strenuous efforts of rapprochement with Africa undertaken by Benyamin Netanyahu, otherwise the principal artisan of Israeli entrenchments. After having coined the slogan “Israel is coming back to Africa, and Africa is returning to Israel in February 2016 to mark the creation of a “pro-African lobby” in the Israeli Parliament, the PM did the rounds of East Africa — Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Rwanda in June of that same year. And in June 2017, he gave a speech at the 51st summit of the Economic Community of West-African States (ECOWAS). At the same time, there has been no lack of official African visits to Israel these last few years, one of the most recent being that paid by Paul Kagame, president of Rwanda, in July 20171. While at first Netanyahu’s watchword had had considerable success—it was taken up by the international media whenever there was a new Afro-Israeli exchange—the cancellation of…

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