In recent years, there have been reports and allegations of Israel attempting to interfere in the affairs of the African Union (AU). Some of these reports suggest that Israel is striving to obtain observer status in the AU and establish diplomatic relations with member states.
One event that drew considerable attention was in 2017 when Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, attended a summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) held in Liberia. Netanyahu used the occasion to meet with several African leaders, including the presidents of Guinea and Mali, to discuss security and economic cooperation. Some observers viewed this as part of Israel's broader efforts to gain support from Africa on the international stage.
Moreover, there have been allegations that Israel has been providing military and security assistance to some African countries, particularly in the Horn of Africa. For instance, reports suggest that Israel has been providing weapons and training to the Ethiopian military, which has been engaged in a conflict with the Tigray People's Liberation Front in the Tigray region.
The issue of Israel's involvement in African affairs is controversial, with some African leaders welcoming closer ties with Israel while others oppose any engagement with the country. Some critics argue that Israel's involvement in Africa is motivated by its desire to counter the influence of Iran and other regional rivals, while others suggest that Israel is seeking to expand its economic and geopolitical interests in the region.
It is worth noting that Israel is not a member of the African Union nor does it have observer status. However, there are indications that Israel is attempting to establish stronger relations with individual African countries and to increase its influence in the region more broadly. Whether Israel's efforts to meddle in African affairs will be successful remains to be seen, but the issue is likely to remain a topic of debate and controversy in the future.
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