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Africa and Israel – Neighbours with An intertwined Destiny

Updated: May 11, 2018

The Africa of the 21st Century is a continent of tremendous but unrealised potential. Admittedly, we live with the daily reminders from the scars of colonialism that have etched their deep marks on both our physical landscape and our psyche, besides still retarding the progress of our people.




Design with Ease

Africa is a continent of immeasurable mineral wealth, an unparalleled abundance of wildlife gracing the most majestic natural landscapes ever beheld by the human eye and populated by a proud, diverse, warm and passionate people

However, we can and must rise to assume our rightful place amongst the nations of the world, not as perpetual beggars with an outstretched hand for donor aid but as an economically thriving and modern continent.

Many powerful nations have come and continue to knock at our doors offering us assistance but, in truth, only to satisfy their own selfish economic needs. Africa is a continent of immeasurable mineral wealth, an unparalleled abundance of wildlife gracing the most majestic natural landscapes ever beheld by the human eye and populated by a proud, diverse, warm and passionate people .


What Neighbour means to Africans

The spark for our renaissance must come from us, for we must seize new opportunities to shape and reimagine our future. Those opportunities will come from rekindling perhaps one of our continent’s oldest friendship with “umakhelwane wethu” (our neighbour). In Africa, it is to your neighbour that you turn to in times of distress or need for comfort; it is to your neighbour that you reach out to in celebration of a joyous occasion because, after all, your neighbour is dependable and always there for you


Who, then is our neighbour?

Israel is that ever dependable neighbour.

Who, then is our neighbour? Was it not the African Queen of Sheba who in the 10th Century BCE journeyed to visit King Solomon in Israel and much later, an Ethiopian treasury official who embraced our Christian faith during his return from a pilgrimage to Jerusalem in the 1st Century CE? Israel is that ever dependable neighbour and this relationship has grown from a spiritual connection that was abruptly interrupted when the Roman Empire expelled the Jewish people from their ancestral homeland in the 1st Century CE.



The hope and a blueprint

The rebirth of the modern Jewish state in 1948 demonstrated to us in Africa what is possible when a dispossessed people return to the homeland and apply their minds, talents and energy towards their re-establishment. This is the hope and a blueprint for Africa; for how the continent and her people can rise above their challenges and occupy their positions of equal greatness on the world stage


Amongst many of its challenges, the real tragedy of poverty (and deaths resulting from that) is the fact that it can be eradicated. Access to electricity and water, core reasons to the resultant poverty that plagues Africa is a challenge that must form part of any government’s core responsibility to its citizens. Only Israel offers us the most high-tech and innovate solutions to herald our bright future.





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