Israeli PM, Benjamin Netanyahu has announced his intention to travel to Africa this summer, in what would mark the first visit by any Israeli leader to the continent in 50 years.
He made this known at the launch of a new Knesset caucus to promote Israel-Africa ties. ” I received an invitation from the president of Kenya to visit Africa and I intend to do so around the 40th anniversary of the raid on Entebbe. It was a dramatic national event with great personal consequence for me.”
“Israel is coming back to Africa. Africa is coming back to Israel. It’s happening in a big way,” the prime minister said yesterday in the presence of Israeli lawmakers and several ambassadors from African countries. “It’s happening now because it’s so clear that it’s good for Africa and good for Israel.
He had earlier met with the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta in Jerusalem before receiving this invite which signifies a stronger relationship with the continent if Africa. Aside from Kenya, Netanyahu is also expected to visit Uganda on the trip.
The Jewish state is furthermore ready to assist Africa in the areas of health, science, agriculture, tourism, science and cyber technology, Netanyahu said. Any country can be brought to its knees without cyber-security, but Israel is now a “world power in cyber-security,” he added.