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Israeli penetration in Africa: security concerns and morality
Material posted: Publication date: 31-08-2017
The Israeli occupation authorities took the unprecedented step in October 2017 That will host the summit with the participation of Israel and the 25 African countries. This will be the first joint event at such a high level.

Although the summit itself is not a first step Israel on the way to the African continent, since Israel has an active policy in Africa since 1950-ies, it will have serious implications for the extent of its presence and influence on the continent and reflects the desire of the Israeli occupying state to raise their status in the international arena.

If in the past relations between Israel and African States had a bilateral nature, but now they are developing in the multilateral format. This circumstance contributes to the creation of the image in which Israel is interested to strengthen its legitimacy and improve the level of international recognition.

Taking the initiative to hold the summit, Israeli occupying state aims to bring a sort of soft diplomacy in the long history of suspicious interventions on the African continent who have indirectly contributed to fuelling conflict and instability in the region.


Israel has violated the international embargo on arms supplies to Rwanda in the first half of 1990-ies during the civil war in that country. In particular, Israel has supplied weapons to the Hutu ethnic group, which represented the majority of the population. The Hutu staged a mass slaughter of ethnic minority Tutsis, killing tens of thousands of people.

In addition, Israel has indirectly contributed to the massacre against the tribe Nuer, which killed dozens of civilians in South Sudan's capital Juba in 2013. Despite an international embargo, he gave government forces an Israeli rifle ACE.

The well-known "dirty" Israel's role in the diamond trade, described the UN report as a "bloody trade." It becomes the cause of mass violations of human rights and the deaths of thousands of people in Africa.

According to statistics from 2011, the diamond trade is 30% of the national income of Israel. In 2014, the volume of Israeli trade in diamonds amounted to about 9.2 billion dollars, of which one billion dollars per year is the budget of the Ministry of defense of Israel.

In addition, through the future summit and other events on the African continent Israel is trying to disrupt the consensus of African countries towards the Palestinian problem, which they hold in international forums.

About this goal spoke directly to the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, when he offered a simple formula, according to which African countries must abstain from voting in favour of the Palestinian issue in exchange for contracts in the field of economic development and cooperation in the security sphere between Israel and the interested African States.

Israel is well aware of the weight of the African voice in international organizations such as the United Nations and the Security Council in connection with a large number of African countries (54 countries). There is no doubt that the success of Israel to "neutralize" the votes of countries of Africa or handling them in their favor will be a major diplomatic victory by which Israel is trying to compensate for defeats in other areas.

All this is happening against the background of growing international campaign to boycott Israel and adopting some of the international institutions of the Palestinian perspective on the conflict, just as it happened recently for example, a specialized Agency of the United Nations educational, scientific and cultural organization (UNESCO), when the city of Hebron was included in the world heritage list. This decision provoked an angry reaction from the Israeli authorities, who explicitly stated that it was suspending funding for the organization.


These Israeli steps cannot be considered separately from the strategic goal, which has always been present in the minds of decision makers in the occupying state. The aim was to consolidate and expand its influence in the regions that traditionally make up the living space for the Arab States.

Despite the peace treaties signed by the Israeli government with a number of Arab countries, and open calls for normalization of relations with Israel by some of them that are increasingly heard in recent time, the decision makers in Israel, still looking at the Arab world as a real threat to the existence of the occupying state.

As a result, all of Israel's attempts to deter the Arab States, to sow in the region of chaos through civil wars and interventions from abroad that have strategic importance from the point of view of security of the Zionist state.

For this reason, the Nile basin has become a strategic priority in the eyes of the Israeli leadership. The country of this pool were one of the first among those with which Israel sought to establish good relations. Israel has made significant progress in this direction, mainly through the instrument of soft power — the Israeli Agency for international cooperation for development, known as MASHAV.

It is interesting to note that the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Israel announced on its official website that the priority countries in the activities of MASHAV are Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, South Sudan and Senegal. You must specify all of these countries belong to the basin of the Nile, with the exception of Senegal and Ghana.

Hisham Abu Mahfouz

There is no doubt that Israel's presence in a region such as the Nile basin constitutes a real threat to the water security of the Egyptian state and is of great importance to the national security of Arab States as a whole.

The use of Africa by the Israeli occupying state not only threatens the Arab world, but also denigrates the great history of struggle on this continent, who for centuries had suffered from foreign occupation and colonial exploitation.

The victim, who brought the people of Africa during the struggle for independence and freedom, incompatible with accepting the occupation of the state, the historical continuation of Western colonialism, which is Israel. When we talk about the Israeli penetration in African countries, we first point out related problems in the field of security, however, the moral aspect of this trend must also be taken into account.

Not only security concerns and geopolitical considerations forced Arab and African Nations to confront the suspicious Israeli activity on the African continent, but also ethical and humanitarian considerations. The prestige and honor of the African peoples in their struggle against colonialism must not be tainted by interaction with the Israeli occupation state.

As moral considerations and considerations of security require that the Muslim Ummah in General and the Arab community in particular, opposed any suspicious moves by the Zionist entity on the African continent and in other regions. Relations with the Israeli occupation state is a zero-sum game, in which there is no place for compromise or complacency.

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