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Vol 50 No 19

Published 25th September 2009

A business and strategic foray

As Iran spreads its influence in Africa, Israel tries to return to a continent where it once had many friends

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s five-country trip to Africa on 2-9 September showed the extent of diplomatic ground which Israel has lost over the past three decades, since the heyday of multi-million dollar agricultural development projects and almost ubiquitous ‘security cooperation’. Israel’s diplomatic efforts in Africa have been hugely damaged (albeit less so than in the Middle East) by its policy on Palestine.

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