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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid the first visit to Africa by an Israeli leader in nearly 30 years.

By Dov Eilon |
MIDEAST ISRAEL AFRICA Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO

With Israel facing growing opposition in the West and the powerful Muslim bloc, Netanyahu hopes to recruit the support of African states at the United Nations, which recognized “Palestine” as a non-member observer state in 2012.

The first stop was an emotional visit to Uganda, on the 40th anniversary of Israel’s legendary raid at Entebbe. Netanyahu landed at Entebbe Airport, where in 1976, airborne Israeli commandos swooped in to free hostages from a hijacked Air France jet. About 100 Israeli hostages were rescued and seven Palestinian and German terrorists killed.

“Entebbe stands as an enduring symbol of the war on terror,” said Netanyahu, who received a hero’s welcome from senior Ugandan officials.

Three Israeli hostages were killed in the raid along with one soldier: Yoni Netanyahu, the Prime Minister’s brother. “Families of the hostages whose loved ones were killed, the price was terrible—the same for my family, and for me as well,” said the Israeli leader. “When Yoni was...

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