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February 23, 2016 6:18 pm

Netanyahu to Kenyan President: ‘Many African Countries Interested in Israel Ties, Following Your Lead’

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meeting with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in Jerusalem. Photo: Facebook.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meeting with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in Jerusalem. Photo: Facebook.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened his meeting with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in Jerusalem on Tuesday by announcing that “Israel is going back to Africa,” the Hebrew news site nrg reported on Tuesday.

“Many African countries are interested in relations with Israel and you are leading this trend,” Netanyahu told Kenyatta. “There are many cooperative efforts going on between our two countries in all realms: defense, agriculture, technology and more. You father was the founder of Kenya and an architect of ties with Israel, and you are continuing in this vein, in your first state visit to Israel.”

Kenyatta arrived Monday for a three-day visit to the country, the first by a Kenyan president since 1994.

Netanyahu also brought up the subject of the Entebbe Raid, the 1976 hostage-rescue operation in which his brother, Yonatan, was killed. “The people of Israel and I personally remember Kenya’s contribution to the rescue of the hostages and thank you for it.”

Kenyatta responded by saying that Israel and Kenya have much in common, including their war against radical Islamic terrorism. “We believe in freedom of expression, democracy and religious freedom, and these values bring us closer,” he said. “You and we live in dangerous neighborhoods with security concerns.”

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  • Henry Kemoni

    Kenya can learn and engage Israel on many areas of security and foreign policy. Very positive encounter and engagement

  • yes everybody salutes rising sun
    that is a trend

  • Franklin Delano Paskutnik

    At last some positive news about Israel’s relationship with Africa!Unfortunately South Africa – rapidly becoming an economic basket case – has allied itself with the Palestinians,especially Hamas,and the ANC government (corrupt and incompetent as hell) has ruled that no member of it’s ANC party may visit Israel.But there are plenty of opportunities for Israel to expand it’s relations with other countries in Africa.Israel has a lot to offer Africa – especially in the fields of agriculture and water conservation management,health services and in the battle against Islamic terrorism.Congratulations to Presidents Kenyatta and Netanyahu for setting the trend for Israel’s return to Africa.

    • franklin delano paskutnik

      Correction : the last line should read : “Congratulations to President Kenyatta and Prime Minister Netanyahu for setting the trend for Israel’s return to Africa.”

  • Very good

  • Otto Schiff

    This story about the meeting with Kenyatta is very positive and encouraging.

  • stevenl

    This needs to associated with guaranteed support to IL at the UN in particular and other Int. organizations.
    Sub-equatorial Africa lost 43 years of potential development when they ALL with no exception, dumped Israel for the stinking petro$ and enslavement. Golda Meir was very much involved in this IL-Africa developmental project.

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