Israel in Africa.. Transient Existence or a Strong Relationship?
Video duration 47 minutes 45 seconds
An episode of “For the rest of the story” program shed light on the Israeli presence in Africa, and discussed the way it infiltrated the brown continent, and the stages it passed through, leading to the establishment of strong relations.
The Israeli-African relations have witnessed a remarkable increase with the expansion of trade representations in 9 African countries, and Chad was the first African country to open its door to Israel, as relations began since the fifties of the last century, and Tel Aviv contributed to the training of Chadian security forces later.
Chad’s early relations with Israel ensured its military superiority in the countries of Central Africa, because Israel provided it with advanced weapons, especially those related to internal security and the protection of order.
African-Israeli relations affected the positions of many African countries in international and UN bodies towards issues related to the Palestinian people, and reached the point of abstaining from voting on issues of concern to the Palestinian people at the United Nations. nation.
After that, the Israeli presence witnessed a deterioration in Africa, up to the October 1973 war, when relations shrank to 12 countries, and by the end of the eighties, Israel’s diplomatic relations reached only 10 countries, until the Madrid Peace Conference in 1991, Israel managed to raise diplomatic representation to 46 countries.
desire to control
According to the researcher specializing in African affairs, Ramzi Baroud, Israel is keen to exist and control the Bab al-Mandab Strait and the entrances to the Indian Ocean. He also expressed his surprise at the size of the Israeli presence in Kenya, where it is active in all sectors, the most important of which is the commercial sector.
With the entry of Israeli-African relations into a new space, Tel Aviv focused on Kenya, where more than 60 Israeli companies are currently working, according to the Kenyan Foreign Ministry’s response to the “For the Rest of the Story” program, including companies in the fields of security and defense cooperation.
The head of the Israeli-African Trade Office, Niso Bezel, confirmed that the Israeli commercial presence in the continent began with the banking sector from Kenya, and through it it expanded to other countries, and work in many sectors today, pointing out that Israel has relations in the political and social fields with 35 African countries.
In southern Sudan, there is another aspect of the Israeli presence. The Israeli investment was in the armed movements before its secession, and after the secession, relations with the Military Council and weapons centered, although Tel Aviv says that its relations are limited to agricultural development and its machinery.
For his part, the chief researcher at the Center for Asia and Africa Dialogues, Thambisa Fakodi, said that Israel has achieved a great breakthrough in the brown continent, because its movements included many sectors, and entered Africa as a matter of business, and tried to focus on the African continent.
He added that Israel is consolidating its relations through the economic gateway with Africa in order to beautify its face in front of the world, and that the African countries that established relations with Israel aimed at economic development, but Israel did not provide these countries with anything, but rather exploited them and benefited from their bounties.
In turn, the Director of the African Program, Amani Al-Taweel, confirmed that Israel used a long-term strategy in order to reach the Arab countries through the African continent, especially the Gulf countries. its techniques.
She added that the Arab leaders in African countries were and still are a stumbling block to the Israeli progress on the continent, and that the Gulf countries provided services that Israel could not counter, calling on the Arab countries to unify their decision on Africa, because of the interests that serve everyone and protect Arab national security.