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40 Years After Entebbe, Netanyahu to Visit Africa

PM Netanyahu meets with Kenya's president as he announces his trip to Africa in summer 2016 and a greater Israeli cooperation with Africa (Photo: Haim Zach/GPO/ASHERNET)

This summer will mark 40 years since Israel's raid on the airport in Entebbe, Uganda - a raid that saved Israeli hostages being held by terrorists. It will also mark four decades since the death of Yonatan Netanyahu, the Israeli PM's brother, who led the raid and was killed in the ensuing firefight. Israel Hayom reports that PM Netanyahu will travel to Africa to mark the anniversary:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to visit Uganda and Kenya this summer in what would be the first trip by an Israeli prime minister to sub-Saharan Africa since Yitzhak Shamir visited four West African states in 1987.

During the trip, Netanyahu is expected to visit Entebbe International Airport in Uganda to mark the 40th anniversary of Operation Thunderbolt, the daring July 1976 IDF hostage rescue mission during which Netanyahu's older brother, Yoni, was killed...

On Tuesday, Netanyahu met in Jerusalem with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. The pair signed a cooperation agreement in the realms of water, irrigation and agriculture.

At a joint press conference with Kenyatta on Tuesday, Netanyahu said Israel was prepared to cooperate with African countries in the struggle against "militant Islamic terrorism."

Netanyahu told Kenyatta: "Both our peoples have suffered at the hands of these brutal terrorists. We have no illusions about them. They want to murder our people and we know that this is a common battle that we share with you and we are prepared to do a great deal more.

"I have to say that more and more African countries recognize what you recognize -- that Israel is a unique partner against this extremism, that Israel is a unique partner in the way that we can work together to seize the opportunities of the future. ... Israel is coming back to Africa and Africa is coming back to Israel."

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