In Outreach to West Africa, Israel Sees Steady Progress but No Breakthroughs

A child shouts during a rally protesting Israel’s military operations in Gaza, Dakar, Senegal, July 25, 2014 (AP photo by Jane Hahn).
A child shouts during a rally protesting Israel’s military operations in Gaza, Dakar, Senegal, July 25, 2014 (AP photo by Jane Hahn).
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The most recent meeting of the West African bloc ECOWAS featured an appearance by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who declared it a “dream to come here to this organization,” while offering Israeli partnership in areas including counterterrorism and agriculture. While Netanyahu’s outreach to Africa has generally proceeded smoothly, relations with Senegal hit a snag late last year over a United Nations resolution demanding a halt to Israeli settlement building. In response to the vote, Israel suspended aid and recalled its ambassador to Senegal, a co-sponsor of the resolution. In an email interview, Dr. Arye Oded, a retired Israeli ambassador and […]

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