PM Netanyahu Meets with Israel’s Ambassadors to African Countries
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this afternoon (Wednesday, 8 February
2017), met with Israel’s ambassadors to African countries and told them:
“The pyramid of our foreign policy interests in Africa is as high as it has
ever been, except perhaps in the 1960s.
I want to say what our interest is.
The first interest is to dramatically change the situation regarding African
votes at the UN and other international bodies from opposition to support.
Africa has moved to an intermediate stage, that of abstention. This is the
first goal. I am purposely defining it because while there are many other
goals it outweighs them all. Thanks to our technology and investments, we do
profit somewhat but I think that our African policy profits no less or, in
other words, even more in my view. This is fine, we have no objection, and
this is good for humanity as well. It contributes to our other goals
including our assistance against terror and radical Islam.
Whether in the end or at the outset, our goal is to change their voting
patterns given that the automatic majority against Israel at the UN is
composed – first and foremost – of Arab countries.
There are 54 countries. If you change the voting pattern of a majority of
them you at once bring them from one side to the other.
You have changed the balance of votes against us at the UN and the day is
not far off when we will have a majority there.
This sounds imaginary? It is not imaginary at all; anyone can do the simple
math. Therefore, this is our goal. We want to erode the opposition and
change it to support.”