Israeli Outreach to Africa Continues as PM Meets 15 National Reps

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with various African leaders at UNGA. Photo courtesy of Kobi Gideon / GPO

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with various African leaders at UNGA.
Photo courtesy of Kobi Gideon / GPO

The heart of Africa is on the minds of Israelis lately, and the effort to upgrade relationships between Israel and African nations continued in earnest during Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to the United Nations (UN) General Assembly. The Israeli leader met with 15 African heads of state and country representatives in a special meeting on Thursday in New York, taking advantage of the UN annual meeting to spend time with the various nationalities at one time.

Netanyahu told the African representatives that “he believes that Israel could be an amazing partner for their countries,” according to comments released by his office. How does Israel want to impact Africa? Through shared technology, which Netanyahu noted “changes everything”.

He noted that the technological impact ranges from communications to medicine to agriculture, wishing to spread Israel’s advances to their neighbors to the southeast. For their part, the African leaders were grateful for what Israel already doing and what they can do.

The Israeli government and organizations have long been active in Africa, and Thursday’s press release noted that the African leaders thanked Netanyahu and his country buy phentermine next day delivery “for its cooperation in so many fields. They added that this cooperation was very important and would benefit the citizens of Africa and improve their standard of living.”

Those efforts are ongoing—Netanyahu and Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon joined dozens of African leaders at a UN event entitled “Israeli Technology and Innovation for Africa.” One of Israel’s goals is for technological firms and start-ups to present their ideas to a variety of African nations and elsewhere.

But that wasn’t the only Africa-centered event on Netanyahu’s UN calendar. On Wednesday night, he met with Senegalese President Macky Sall. According to another press release from Netanyahu’s office, the Israeli leader invited his Senegal counterpart to visit Israel, which he accepted while extending a similar invite to visit his nation. Netanyahu said he hoped to visit at some point.

“As you know, Senegal is a very open country and we think we can work together,” the press release quoted the Senegalese leader as telling Netanyahu.

Said the Israeli leader in his meeting with President Sall, “Of course we have great relations between Senegal and Israel and we will make them greater.”

(By Joshua Spurlock,, September 22, 2016)

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