Can Israel be accepted throughout the African Continent?

Chad and Israel have renewed diplomatic ties in what Netanyahu has described as “a partnership”

Many African countries had gained their independence and were liberated early in the 1960s, as the prevailing temperament for all Africans at that time was against colonisation. The reason why it was difficult to build good diplomatic relations with Israel, as well as the Arab states to support African countries in resisting the colonised powers, was the effect that racial segregation had upon them, including the official stance of the West towards such segregation.

All above reasons had helped in the reduction of Israeli political representation on the African continent.

However, the hostile behavior towards Israel and western countries suddenly changed when the Arab states changed their attitude towards the Zionist Entity.

American President George Bush, Snr at that time called for the Madrid Conference (a peace conference) to be held in 1991, which paved the way to the Arabs states to publicly announce their relations with Israel.

The success that Natanyahu’s Government had achieved in boosting diplomatic relations with the Arab states, had encouraged many countries not only to confess that Israel as a legitimate state and conduct relations with it, but also to confess that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel by transferring their Embassies there. In addition, many Arab states also warmly welcomed eminent Israeli figures. When the Israeli Minister of Culture paid a historic visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) he walked inside Sheikh Zayed’s Mosque. In addition, the Israeli national anthem was played for the first time in Abu Dhabi on the occasion of a Judo tournament when an Israeli Judo player won a golden medal. At the time, Natanyahu praised the player saying: “you made us very proud, for the first time we hear our national anthem being played in Abu Dhabi, we are all full pride.”

Qatar however, like many other Arab states at that time, had no diplomatic relations with Israel, but this changed soon after the Madrid Conference when the Israeli President Shamon Perez visited Qatar and met with Qatari officials. He opened the Israeli Trading Centre in 1996 and signed many other agreements, in addition to Natanyahu’s recent visit to the Sultanate of Oman where he was warmly welcomed by Sultan Qaboos.

The question which should be asked is, what is the problem of Chad’s normalization with Israel? It should be remembered that by this time, many Arab counties had already accepted normalisation and tended to turn a blind eye towards the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Surely, there is no justification for attacking Chad in normalising its relations with those who support and serve its people?

Sarcastically, the director of the Goddess Center for Public Affairs, Dore Gold, has made some statements to Haaretz daily saying that “if Gaddafi were alive, Libya would not have collapsed.” He was pointing to the old diplomatic ties between Israel and Chad that were cut due to the pressure that Gaddafi had practiced on Chad. Gold added that, now that Gaddafi was dead, Isreal could move forward with normalisation relationships with Chad.

In 2016, Russia Today site quoted from the Times of Israel that “an official from some country had secretly visited Israel, asking for diplomatic support for Gaddafi.” At that time, according to the site, Gaddafi wanted Israel to use its good ties with the United States of America and France for the sake of stopping NATO military operations against him.

To sum up, if the Arab states had not publicly and privately normalised relations with the Zionist Entity, the African countries would not have politically made ties with Israel.

In another words, the Arab states had paved the way for Israel into Africa, and we will soon see the Israeli flag flying not only in the African countries but also in our countries as well.

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