The Big Picture: Israel’s African Misadventure
By Anwar Kazaure
Israel’s foray into the African scene began in an unforgettable fashion; it was 1973 and the Yom Kippur war was raging across much of the Sinai Desert, the Golan Heights and on the Suez Canal itself. The Egyptians had just achieved an element of surprise, crossed the no-mans land and overran fortified Israeli positions that were built in the peninsular following its seizure by the IDF in the Suez Crisis of 1956.
From the brink of defeat, thanks to the strategic military blunders of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and the massive air-lift of new equipment by the United States, Israel was able to beat back the Egyptian assault and launch a counter-strike spearheaded by units under the command of Ariel Sharon who identified a gap in the Egyptian defensive line and consequently executed a pincer which saw Israeli forces crossing to the African side of the canal to cut-off and completely encircle the Egyptian 3rd Army.
This action borne out of war time necessity created a diplomatic uproar in African capitals which resulted in an unanimous decision by the members of the Organization for African Unity (O.A.U)- a predecessor of today’s African Union, to sever all ties with the Zionist regime.
Further incidents such as the Israeli Commando Raid in Entebbe and its close collaboration with the Apartheid regime of South Africa also played a crucial role in shaping Israel’s image as an aggressive and unfriendly imperialist colonial entity in the African psyche, a foreign policy disaster Israel may never recover from.
Despite its direct bearing on its legitimacy and the long-term consequences, for much of the 70s and 80s, Israel continued to take an antagonistic posture in its relationship with Africa, the extent of which can never be underestimated.
“Israel provided expertise and technology that was central to South Africa’s development of its nuclear bombs” and according to Dieter Gerhardt, a Soviet spy and former commander in the South African Navy, Israel agreed in 1974 to arm eight Jericho II missiles with “special warheads” for South Africa.
This recent revelations of Israel’s nascent activities in Africa made it impossible to look at the writings of Theodore Herzl, the father of political Zionism with anything but surprise and contempt, for it is he who once said “once I have witnessed the redemption of the Jews, my people, I wish also to assist in the redemption of the Africans.”
Herzl should be turning in his grave, his words are as empty as the racist ideological misconceptions that inspire it. A classic illustration of such unwarranted insults that are a vivid reminder of the now outdated and discredited idea of the “White Man’s Burden” was glaringly visible in the recent movie Django Unchained, directed by Tarantino- a known champion of Theodore Herzl’s legacy.
Of Mist & Shadow, The Case of South Sudan
In April 2012, Sudan’s al-Intiba newspaper reported that “Israeli jets have been landing at a Sudan airport at 3 am every day unloading missiles, military equipment and African mercenaries”, only five months after “The IAF allegedly bombed two land cruiser vehicles, killing four passengers.
A second attack was reportedly carried out on December 18 in which a car had been bombed and all its passengers killed. It was also reported that an Israeli Apache helicopter landed in an area where South Sudanese army radar stations are located.”
This is merely a glimpse into the reality of a conflict that has been going on for decades, with every possible mention of the huge trail of Israeli presence and participation in the theater completely obliterated from the script of the international mainstream media.
It is yet early to write a conclusive account of the role Israel played in the destabilization and Balkanization of the Sudan, but subsequent developments which followed South Sudan’s secession such as the dependence of the ruling former S.P.L.A guerrillas on Israeli Military support and the immediate signing of oil deals with several Israeli companies which effectively gave Israel a big slice of South Sudan’s huge oil wealth points to a more sinister past.
Of manufactured rebellions and bloody insurgencies, of conflicts artificially designed to drain African nations of valuable resources, of spreading chaos and arming brutal criminal groups that are known for their genocidal atrocities and the strong support they receive from a shadow entity.
The arrest and conviction of Yair Klein, a former lieutenant colonel in the Israeli Army who spent 16 months in a Sierra Leonean prison on charges that he was smuggling arms to rebels from the Revolutionary United Front (RUF)- the terrorist gang of bloodthirsty thugs who gave the phrase “Blood Diamonds” its horrific connotation, is not just a story of a cold-hearted mercenary but an indictment of the forces he represents.
The UN Security Council’s panel of experts on Liberia established in 2000 revealed that Israel was at the heart of a shadowy international network of support for the RUF, involving Liberian, South African, Kenyan, and Ukrainian arms suppliers and diamond mining interests.
LOONY-TUNES: Nigeria & The False-Flag Fiasco
Recently, the Nigerian Newspaper Daily Trust reported the discovery of a huge arms cache in Bompai Kano by the men of the Nigerian Army. The underground depot was found at the residence of a Lebanese expatriate. What is most significant about this find is the volume and quantity of sophisticated weaponry and munitions.
The inventory which includes a variety of sub-machine guns, Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPG), Anti-Tank Missiles, 700 Standard Issue Grenades, Military Grade Explosives and Anti-Aircraft Surface to Air Missiles. In short, enough firepower to start a serious debacle and cause significant damage to the fragile peace in Nigeria.
This incident is just another in a series of unexplained mysteries that demand a careful appraisal if the trend of instability and criminal violence is to be contained.
The facts on the ground are pointing ever closer to the possibility that the country is indeed a new theatre in the phony ‘war on terror’ and as such we may be witnessing a new incarnation of the age-old strategy for destabilization in the guise of False-Flag Terrorism.
Connecting the Dots
In late 2006, Eliav Hommossany– an Israeli with ties to Mossad and Shin Bet was arrested and charged with espionage in Nigeria. The Israeli Newspaper Haaretz reported that Eliav was suspected of infiltrating Nigeria’s Defense Ministry and with the assistance of some corrupt Nigerian officials; he succeeded in obtaining classified documents. No Nigerian Media printed the story, and neither did they do so in 2009 when a similar incident re-occurred.
Among the troves of U.S Diplomatic Cables released by the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks, one particular document (C O N F I D E N T I A L ABUJA 001292 ) entitled “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” makes for a fascinating reading.
Its revelation of the widespread activities of Israeli Defense Contractors operating in Nigeria and Conducting Operations ranging from VIP-protection to running Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) with the tacit and informal approval of Nigeria’s security establishment is if anything, timely.
Since 2010, The Israeli Ambassador Mr Moshe Ram has been interfering in Nigeria’s internal politics by taking sides on sensitive issues which foments disunity and incites inter-tribal tensions.
It is on public record that in the past year alone, the Ambassador has confused defending the policies of his right-wing Likud government with spreading black propaganda, encouraging Islamophobia and capitalizing on the unique nature of Nigeria’s political situation by jumping on topics which antagonizes the South against the Muslim-majority Northern Nigeria. Is this not Divide & Conquer?
Israeli Companies make huge profits in defense contracts awarded as a result of the growing insurgency. They supply the Nigerian Government with everything from arms, surveillance equipment to Unmanned Drones deployed in the fight against Boko Haram.
They were recently selected as one of the two countries to train battalions of Nigeria’s Counter-Insurgency and Counter-Terrorism personnel. These are just a few of the economic gains which Israel reaps from the ongoing crisis, for without the suicide bombs and terror attacks; there would be no demand for such deadly wares.
In a new scandal, the Nigerian President is currently facing widespread public outrage over a $40 Million contract awarded to Israeli arms manufacturer Elbit Systems which would reportedly enable the Nigerian government to surveil all Internet activity, an eerily familiar attack on civil liberties reminiscent of the larger NSA PRISM program exposed by Snowden which also bears the involvement of Israeli Companies.
This unconstitutional arrangement has created “a lot of apprehension among Nigerians, now concerned that their country might be sliding back to dictatorship,” wrote Premium Times, an Abuja based daily newspaper.
The final nail in the coffin of the massive Israeli espionage program was further exposed as a result of a cyber-operation against Mossad carried out by the Hacker Collective Anonymous which uncovered “a hidden network of 30,000 covert operatives, some openly labeled hitmen.”
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