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February 2, 2020 7:10 pm

Netanyahu Set for Whirlwind Uganda Trip Monday, Amid Speculation African Nation May Open Jerusalem Embassy

avatar by Benjamin Kerstein

Israeli PM Netanyahu walks with Uganda’s President Museveni after arriving to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Operation Entebbe at the Entebbe airport in Uganda. Photo: Reuters / Presidential Press Unit / Handout via Reuters.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to fly to Uganda tomorrow, with speculation rife that during his visit the African country will announce the establishment of an embassy in Jerusalem.

According to Israeli news website Walla, the Prime Minister’s Office confirmed the trip on Sunday. Netanyahu is set to meet with Ugandan and other African leaders during the trip.

The latest visit comes amid a flurry of international activity by Netanyahu, who in the past week visited both the United States for the unveiling of the Trump administration’s peace plan and Russia to brief President Vladimir Putin on the plan.

Netanyahu has long sought to expand Israel’s economic and security relations with African nations, and this will be his fourth visit in four years to the continent. Among the countries he has visited are Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Liberia and Ethiopia.

Uganda is particularly significant to Netanyahu, as his brother Yonatan was killed in the 1976 IDF rescue operation that saved hostages being held at Entebbe airport in the African country.

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