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Israel continues charm offensive across Africa

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Rwanda's President Paul Kagame shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their meeting at the president's residence in Jerusalem on 10 July, 2017.
Rwanda's President Paul Kagame shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their meeting at the president's residence in Jerusalem on 10 July, 2017. Thomas Coex/AFP

In Global Focus this week, RFI's Laura Martel takes a closer look at the relationship between Israel and Africa.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahou announced last week the opening of an embassy in Rwanda and expressed a desire for Israel to become an official 'observer' member of the African Union.

These are the latest stages of a diplomatic offensive launched by Netanyahou in February 2016 to strengthen ties with Africa, embodied in a catchphrase :
"Israel is coming back to Africa, Africa is coming back to Israel".

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