Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu (L) speaks during a joint press conference with Ethiopian
Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Thursday,
July 7, 2016. (Photo by AP)
is currently touring Africa to magnetize sympathy for the Tel Aviv
regime, has denied a report that he faced an assassination attempt in
Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking during a press
conference with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn in Addis
Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, on Thursday, claimed the report was not
Responding to a question about the report, Netanyahu said,
“The answer is we know nothing about it because there is nothing in it.”
The report was published by Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida,
which had cited an unnamed source as saying that the Israeli prime
minister’s convoy had once had to change courses during the Kenya trip
for fear of coming under a bomb attack.
Israeli Prime Minister
Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated by an Israeli in Tel Aviv in 1995. Prior
to the assassination, Netanyahu, then only the leader of the extremist
Likud party, had accused Rabin’s government of being “removed from
Jewish tradition… and Jewish values.” Rabin, in turn, had accused
Netanyahu of provoking violence.
Netanyahu’s four-nation tour,
which also see him passing through Uganda and Rwanda, is being conducted
under heavy security. It serves as an attempt to win support for Tel
Aviv, which African nations used to criticize in the past for its close
ties with South Africa’s former apartheid government and currently keep
at an arm’s length too for its fatal aggression against Palestinians.
Israel, itself, has been branded as an apartheid regime due to its imposition of discrimination against Palestinians.
Ndebesa, a professor of history at Uganda’s Makerere University,
however, said Netanyahu had failed to successfully court African states
by means of the tour.
“I think African solidarity is still firm in
regard to the liberation of the Palestinian people,” Ndebesa said. “The
liberation norms of Africans are still very strong. The extreme
position of Netanyahu has not convinced Africans that they should be on