Mali: A Diplomatic Opportunity for Israel
by Dr. Emmanuel Navon
BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 197, February 11, 2013
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: France’s military intervention against Mali’s Islamists has provided Israel with an opportunity to improve its relations with France and restore its ties with Africa’s non-Arab Muslim countries. This opportunity should be seized by Israel’s next foreign minister.
France intervened in Mali to protect its vital interests. For years, al-Qaeda has been trying to overtake the countries of the Sahel region, and Mali is its main target. Without the French military intervention, Mali would have become the first Islamic state of the Sahel region, followed by neighboring Niger, a country on which France heavily depends for its uranium imports. Yet, by defending its interests, France has opened a diplomatic opportunity for Israel.
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