Israel/Africa: Jerusalem Turns to Africa For Strategic Allies
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga in Jerusalem, November 14, 2011. (Avi Ohayon/GPO via Getty Images)
January 23, 2012
| Security
| Africa, Middle East and North Africa
Recent visits by the leaders of South Sudan, Kenya, and Uganda to Israel at the end of last year took place as Jerusalem further develops a new “Periphery Doctrine,” a policy under which Israel plans to develop close strategic alliances with countries outside the Middle East to help offset anti-Israel sentiments. Initial indications suggest this policy is proving to be especially effective in sub-Saharan Africa.

Although Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week deferred a trip to Africa that had been tentatively set for late February, he still reportedly is interested in visiting Africa this year. African countries of particular interest for a future Netanyahu visit include South Sudan, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Ghana.

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