NEW YORK – This week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to Africa to commemorate the 40 th anniversary of the raid on Entebbe, to meet with leaders, and to strengthen the diplomatic and economic ties between Israel and Africa. American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) President and American Council for World Jewry (ACWJ) Chairman Jack Rosen, who has personal relationships with several African leaders, praised the Prime Minister’s visit:
“Prime Minister Netanyahu’s efforts to enhance cooperation between Israel and Africa is an important step in building diplomatic and economic partners in a critically strategic region. His visit this week represents the untapped potential for Israel and the nations in Africa to make each other stronger. By investing in binational working relationships in Africa, Israel has a major opportunity to enhance and expand its security and economic engagement on the world’s second most populous continent.
“For many years, we have worked to position Israeli science and innovation as a foundation for bringing together elected officials and business leaders from around the world and creating new channels of communication that are mutually beneficial. Through our Science Diplomacy Initiative, we have facilitated expanded opportunities between Israel’s thriving high tech community and municipalities around the globe, leading to greater dialogue and goodwill between Israel and the international community. Our approach, which the Prime Minister supported this week, initiates the conversations with African leaders that ultimately yield real advantages for fighting terrorism, boosting security, and developing opportunities for economic exchange. The American Jewish Congress welcomes these efforts, and looks forward to continuing to further its own partnerships with African leaders on the local and national level to help advance this promising initiative.”