Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta hold the flags of their countries after a meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, July 5, 2016 (AP photo by Sayyid Abdul Azim).

Editor’s Note: This is the web version of our subscriber-only weekly newsletter, Africa Watch, which includes a look at the week’s top stories and best reads from and about the African continent. Subscribe to receive it by email every Friday. If you’re already a subscriber, adjust your newsletter settings to receive it directly to your email inbox. Last month, the African Union granted observer status to Israel, after nearly 20 years of Israeli diplomatic efforts to that effect. Israel had previously held observer status in the Organization of African Unity, or OAU, the AU’s predecessor. But it lapsed after the OAU was disbanded in 2002 […]

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