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African countries are in Israel’s sights

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Israel has been able to conjure up strong allies since it was founded in 1948. Britain and France supported it militarily, politically and economically until it launched the Six Day War in June 1967, after which it shifted to a strategic alliance with the United States.

Ever since Israel’s creation in occupied Palestine, successive governments have sought to gain access to Africa and build close relations with nations across the continent to give the impression that, despite its military occupation of Palestinian land, it is a normal state. It has its reasons for this, including the strategic importance of African countries, especially those in the Nile Basin, where Israel wants to take advantage of their water sources and put pressure on Egypt and Sudan, while exploiting them politically. There are also economic motives behind Israel’s concern about links with African countries, not least their natural resources, including diamonds, gold, timber and oil, the latter mainly in Nigeria and Angola. Furthermore, Africa’s population of 1.2 billion people is a prime market for Israeli goods.

At a time when Jewish migration from Europe and America to Israel has declined, its institutions have focused on encouraging African Jews to make the move. There is a large number of Jews in Ethiopia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya. Israel seeks to create the conditions that would attract........

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