Israel-Chad Diplo Ties: What Netanyahu Gains and Abbas Loses

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Published on 20 Jan 2019, 20:06
PERSPECTIVES | Today, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Chadian Presiden Idriss Déby made history as the renewed diplomatic ties which had been severed since 1972. At a joint press conference, Déby said that several agreements had been signed with Netanyahu. The Israeli prime minister called it a breakthrough for the Muslim world. Our Jordana Miller, Owen Alterman and Mohammad al-Kassim debate.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Chadian president Idriss Déby on Sunday announced the resumption of diplomatic relations between their two countries, nearly half a century after they were severed.

The announcement was made during a historic visit by Netanyahu's historic visit to the Muslim-majority West African nation — the first by a sitting Israeli prime minister — and brings the number of countries that Israel has formal ties with to a record of 161.

Netanyahu and Déby signed an official memorandum restoring diplomatic ties following closed-door talks at the presidential palace in N'Djamena.

'Israel is making inroads into the Muslim world. This is the result of a great effort made over the last few years. We’re making history, and we’re turning Israel into a rising world power,' Netanyahu said in a press conference alongside Déby.

'There are those who are trying to sabotage this visit, as with other visits, but without success. We are continuing on, up the mountain, to new heights.

'Israel and Chad have not had formal relations since 1972, when the Arab-Israeli conflict drove a wedge between Israel and African countries — many of which were embroiled in liberation struggles of their own.

In recent years, Israel has held out the prospect of cooperation in fields ranging from security to technology to agriculture, to improve ties in Africa alongside a diplomatic push into the Arab Gulf.

Netanyahu said that he discussed with Déby deepening cooperation between Israel and Chad in various fields, 'beginning with security, but also agriculture, food, water, energy, health and many more.'

'Chad is a very important country, and very important for Israel. There is a lot that we can do together,' he said.

'I believe that this cooperation will build a better, safer and more prosperous future for both our peoples.' he added.

Déby responded that Chad would do 'everything it can to strengthen the ties between the two countries and the bilateral cooperation in various matters.'

Netanyahu arrived in N'Djamena on Sunday morning on a reciprocal one-day visit to Chad announced during Deby's historic trip to Israel last November.


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