Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of bilateral talks in Jerusalem in February 2016. PHOTO | PSCU
“Israel is coming back to Africa, and Africa is returning to Israel,” the prime minister said in remarks welcoming Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to Jerusalem in February.
Some international affairs analysts in Washington suggest that African countries’ open embrace of Israel could signal an important diplomatic shift. The rubric of African solidarity with the Palestinian cause may no longer be relevant, these commentators say.
Israel is also offering its African allies valuable assistance outside the security realm. Agricultural technology and expertise is of great potential benefit to Kenya’s arid northeast.