Israeli Zionist newspaper Haaretz said the cancellation of the African-Israeli summit, which was originally to be held in Togo (23-27 October 2017) based on the request of Togo’s president Faure Gnassingbé. The newspaper attributed the decision to an internal crisis that in Togo, the work of the national opposition in Togo and also pressure from Arab nations and the Palestinian Authorities on the African countries to cancel the conference.
Initially, the Israeli occupiers will use the summit to provide a trillion-dollar aid to African countries. Of course, nothing is free, in return they demand the recognition and normalization of Israeli relations. As previously known, on June 4, 2017 at the ECOWAS Africa-Israel Summit in Liberia, Netanyahu came and promised the grant. The plan, the fund is to build “green projects” developed by the West African countries incorporated in the ECOWAS (The Economic Community of West African States).
The question is, where does the Zionist Israel have such funds? Allegedly this fund from the United States and the European Union. Sudan, which is known to be rough on the West is now becomes the target of this attractive offer, so that the Arab state led by Umar Bashir was persuaded to participate in a conference in Togo, with be persuaded government debt repayment assistance and large amounts of funds. Certainly with absolute terms, ie opening a bilateral relationship with Israel.
Not just in Africa alone, Israel is also in guerrilla into South America. For the first time after 29 years, Benjamin Netanyahu on behalf of Israel made visits to several Latin American countries, including Mexico, Argentina, and Colombia. This visit packed the strengthening of diplomatic relations between the government and the Jewish community there.
In fact, the visit was done because of the Israeli influence getting weaker in the region. That indication could be seen in four ways, first, the existence of countries that dare to recognize Palestine as a country, including the recognition from Brazil in the summer 2014, which recognized the Palestinian sovereignty by region before 1967.
Not only Brazil that recognized the Palestinian sovereignty, but there are Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, and Peru. They even withdraw their ambassador from Tel Aviv as a form of protest against Israeli military aggression over Gaza in 2014.
Second, in February 2016, the Palestinian Authority opened its first embassy and diplomatic mission in Brazil. At the same time, Brazil diplomatically refusing Israel’s designated ambassador in the South American country. The ambassador is Dani Dayan, a former leader of the illegal Israeli settlement movement.
Third, Israel faces diplomatic challenges in Venezuela, because its ambassador, Shlomo Cohen, was expelled. Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez decided to break diplomatic relations with Israel in January 2009 in the wake of the Gaza War.
Fourth, Israel also suffered a diplomatic dispute with Mexico in early 2017, when Netanyahu backed Donald Trump’s remarks to build a barrier on the Mexican border.
What Israel does through its foreign policy in Africa and South America is an effort to overcome the lack of support from countries on both continents. This certainly further isolates Israel’s existence internationally. Let alone to realize the Greater Israel that stretched from the Red Sea to the Euphrates river, to keep the existence of the “state of Israel” alone they proved to be failing. (Iskandar Samaullah)