Netanyahu denies assassination attempt during Africa tour
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Netanyahu denies assassination attempt during Africa tour

Amid reports of a thwarted bid on his life, the Israeli PM said 'there is nothing in it'

Sara Netanyahu receives flowers from local schoolchildren upon arriving in Uganda   ( JINI Photo Agency, LTD)
Sara Netanyahu receives flowers from local schoolchildren upon arriving in Uganda ( JINI Photo Agency, LTD)

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has denied reports of an attempt on his life in Kenya during his African tour this week.

Mr Netanyahu said he knew “nothing” of an assassination attempt and said he was learning about it for the first time during a press conference with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn in Addis Ababa.

“The answer is we know nothing about it because there is nothing in it,” Mr Netanyahu said.

He made the remarks in response to a reporter’s question.

The Israeli prime minister is protected by heavy security in Israel and overseas, given high threats against Israeli targets around the world. Israel’s fifth prime minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated by a Jewish extremist in Tel Aviv in 1995.

Mr Netanyahu’s four-nation Africa visit this week is the first to sub-Saharan Africa by a sitting Israeli prime minister in nearly three decades. He has visited Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda while pursuing closer security and other ties with African nations.

In exchange for its expertise in security and other fields, Israel also wants African states to support it at the United Nations, where the Palestinians were recognised as a non-member observer state in 2012.

Israel played a prominent role in assisting newly independent African countries in the 1960s, but those relations crumbled in the 1970s when Arab countries, promising aid, pressured African nations to limit or cut ties.

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