MembersAfrica Longs to Ally with Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in July with the heads of seven African nations.

By Ryan Jones |
MIDEAST ISRAEL AFRICA Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO

The gathering was heralded by all involved as “the opening of a new era in relations between Israel and the countries of Africa.”

Two months later, the Israeli leader hosted a get-together on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. Fifteen African leaders showed up, including some from Muslim-majority nations. “We would like to propose a friendship and a partnership with every one of your countries,” Netanyahu told his guests.

Israel and Africa have a relationship going back millennia. And the desire to renew it is far from one-sided.

At the annual Feast of Tabernacles sponsored by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ), several prominent African Christian ministers suggested that the turmoil in the Arab world has created an opportunity for their continent to cozy up to the Jewish state.

“Arab countries imposed upon African countries a rupture of diplomatic relations [with Israel],” Joel Nguessan, a Christian minister and spokesman for the president of the Ivory Coast, told a news conference...

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