Netanyahu’s regional visit seals military deals and UN Council support
Saturday July 9 2016
President Paul Kagame (left) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu inspecting a guard of honour shortly after he arrived in Rwanda on July 6, 2016. PHOTO | URUGWIRO VILLAGE
The EastAfrican understands that PM Netanyahu and his security chiefs held separate meetings with Ugandan and Kenyan defence officials.
Sources privy to the security discussions said one of the Israeli firms could get the contract to build the Kenyan border wall after internal security officials from both countries signed a memorandum of understanding that will see Israel help Kenya speed up construction of the wall.
Several African countries, including Uganda and Kenya, receive Israeli military training and equipment.
In Ethiopia, PM Netanyahu and PM Hailemariam signed an agreement to strengthen technological, scientific and space ties in order to encourage more Israeli businesses — specialising in the fields of space and renewable energy — to open shop in Ethiopia.
In exchange for its expertise in security and defense, Israel wants Africa’s help with its diplomatic issues at the United Nations, where the General Assembly overwhelmingly recognised Palestine as a non-member observer state in 2012.