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TRAJECTORY OF ISRAEL-AFRICA RELATIONS PROGRESSES UPWARD

SHABBAT READING

The Courage to Admit Mistakes: Acharei Mot, Kedoshim, 5776, 5783, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, The Rabbi Sacks Legacy  Some years ago I was visited by the then American ambassador to the Court of St James, Philip Lader. He told me of a fascinating project he and his wife had initiated in 1981. They had come to realise that many of their contemporaries would find themselves in positions of influence and power in the not-too-distant future. He thought it would be useful and creative if they were to come together for a study retreat every so often to share ideas, listen to experts and form friendships, thinking through collectively the challenges they would face in the coming years. So they created what they called Renaissance Weekends. They still happen.

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SHIFTING ALLIANCES                       

Trusted Regional Partnerships at a Time of Shifting Alliances Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Mar. 27, 2023 — On March 27, 2023, the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs hosted an international conference bringing together think tank and policy center representatives from 30 Middle East and African states. 
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Israel-Arab-Africa Summit Shows Path Forward for New Diplomatic Strategy:  Shimon Sherman, JNS, Apr. 4, 2023
OPINION | Ambassador Eliav Belotsercovsky: Israel is a Major Player in Supporting the Continent: Eliav Belotsercovsky, News 24, Apr. 20, 2023
Israel’s Increasing Engagements in Sub-Saharan Africa:  Parag Das, Indian Council of World Affairs, Feb 24, 2023
The Fighting in Sudan Threatens Peace Efforts with Israel Ehud Yaari, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Apr. 21, 2023
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FOR FURTHER REFERENCE:

Israel’s Return to Africa Can Help Combat Antisemitism Irit Tratt, JNS, Feb. 15, 2023 — Earlier this month, Israel’s Foreign Minister Eli Cohen paid a diplomatic visit to Khartoum, where he met with the leader of Sudan’s transitional government, Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan.
 
Israel as Sudan Mediator: Risks and Possibilities – Editorial:  Jerusalem Post, Apr. 27, 2023 — On September 1, 1967, less than three months after the Six-Day War, the Arab League gathered in Sudan and issued the infamous Khartoum Resolution that included the notorious “three noes:” “No peace with Israel, no negotiation with Israel, no recognition of Israel.”
 
U.S. Reportedly Urging Niger to Establish Relations with Israel Ynet News, Apr. 19, 2023 — Washington is pushing Niger to normalize diplomatic ties with Israel, Axios reported on Wednesday, citing two U.S. and Israeli officials.
 
Scientists Say Israel-Sudan Coral Reef Project Stymied: Henry Wilkins, VOA, Mar. 29, 2023 — A joint project between Sudanese and Israeli scientists to study the unique resilience of Red Sea coral reefs has stalled due to red tape [bureaucratic delays], according to those involved. The project has been hailed not only for protecting coral reefs but also for normalizing Israel-Sudan relations. Henry Wilkins reports from Port Sudan, Sudan.

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