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Israel and Guinea Announce Diplomatic Relations for the First Time

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

By Michael Zeff/TPS

Israeli Foreign Ministry Director General Dore Gold and the secretary of the Guinean president signed an official agreement establishing diplomatic ties on Wednesday evening in Paris.

The Republic of Guinea is a Muslim country in sub-Saharan West Africa, which used to be a territory within French West Africa. The state was established in 1958 after it gained independence from France. Although Israel previously had diplomatic relations with the Territory of Guinea and French West Africa, those connections were severed after the Republic of Guinea became independent.

“We are closing an important circle with the renewal of diplomatic relations between our two countries,” stated Gold after the signing of the agreement. “Israel calls on all countries that have yet to renew their ties with Israel to follow Guinea’s example. This way, we can all act together for the benefit of the region’s nations.”

Earlier this month, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu led a diplomatic delegation to several sub-Saharan countries—Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, and Ethiopia—with the aim of reestablishing and strengthening existing diplomatic and commercial ties.

During that visit, Netanyahu hinted to the press that he intends to “meet with a leader of a Muslim African country with which Israel previously never had diplomatic relations.”

Later today, Netanyahu commented that “yet another African country will announce renewal of diplomatic relations with Israel in the next few days.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Israel’s Government Recruits Citizens to ‘Fight Ebola’

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Israel’s government is recruiting individuals and non-governmental organizations to help combat the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa.

The Foreign Ministry is set to establish the Israel Forum to Combat Ebola this coming Sunday at its offices in Jerusalem.

The meeting is being held under the auspices of MASHAV – Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation – in cooperation with SID-Israel, the Israeli branch of the Society for International Development, a global forum of individuals and organizations working in the field of sustainable economic and social development.

Representing the government, MASHAV is calling on Israelis to join the global effort to help West Africa fight the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus that is threatening the continent. All NGOs interested in participating in efforts in the field and pooling resources to fight the epidemic are invited to attend the meeting, which is being sponsored by the Israeli Fund for UNICEF (IFU) and SID-Israel.

So far, the Ebola outbreak has most affected the West African nations of Liberia, Guinea, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone. Eight neighboring countries are also at risk as the virus could quickly spread across borders unless there are rapid measures taken to control it.

Because of the seriousness of the situation, the United Nations and other international organizations are providing emergency aid along with governments and societies around the world, to prevent the spread of the epidemic.

MASHAV has already begun to provide assistance in the Middle East. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has asked the organization to step up its efforts, which to date have included the deployment of mobile field hospitals to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. The field hospitals include isolation units and protective gear to allow medical professionals to quarantine and care for their patients.

Hana Levi Julian

ISIS Might Use Ebola as Doomsday Suicide Weapon, Warns Former US Expert

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists might be considering infecting a “martyr” with Ebola to create a catastrophe by spreading the disease in urban areas in Western countries, experts warn.

Ebola is a cheap weapon and far harder to identify than explosives. Raw material is easily available in West Africa, where all an ISIS terrorist has to do is infect himself and then travel around the world to spread the fatal disease, U.S. War College Prof. Al Shimkus told Forbes.

“The individual exposed to the Ebola Virus would be the carrier,” said Shimkus, a retired captain who is a professor of National Security Affairs and teaches a course in biological and chemical warfare. “In the context of terrorist activity, it doesn’t take much sophistication to go to that next step to use a human being as a carrier.”

Ebola’s fatality rate is 50 to 90 percent, depending on whether the patient receives immediate medical treatment. The United States is in a panic after the death of its first Ebola victim in Texas, although the disease is only contagious through contact with body fluids.

Shimkus pointed out that biological warfare is not a modern weapon and was used in the Middle Ages, when enemies threw diseases corpses into cities to spread the Bubonic Plague. Although Ebola would be a cheap weapon for ISIS, it would not be as dramatic as beheading, which has struck fear into the hearts of the West.

Amanda Teckman, a Seton Hall University expert in international relations, told Forbes that ISIS is not likely to use Ebola but cautioned, “I do believe others will at least contemplate using such suicide infectors.”

The good side of the Ebola-ISIS scare is that it might be self-destructive.

“it’s very hard to control. The militants could just end up wiping themselves out before they’ve had the chance to pass it on. For a suicide attack, strapping sticks of dynamite to your chest is far more effective, Jennifer Cole, Senior Research Fellow, Resilience & Emergency Management at the Royal United Services Institute, told the London Daily Mail.

“Everyone’s looking out for signs of Ebola at the moment so they’d be very unlikely to get away with it,” she added.

The death in Texas of Ebola victim Thomas Duncan has prompted tighter inspections at five major American airports to screen possible carriers of the disease.

Screenings will begin on Saturday at JFK Airport in New York and later will include Dulles Airport near Washington and terminals in Atlantic, Chicago and Newark, as describe in the video below.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

The Tribe of Shimon

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Israel’s President Shimon Peres donned tribal gear for his meeting with Osei Tutu II, king of the Ashanti Empire, West Africa, at the President’s residence in Jerusalem on Sunday.

If only they could keep him in these very colorful meetings which his predecessors used to engage in as the core of their service, and leave him no room for unhelpful comments on real things, like the Levy committee.

At 88 years of age, Peres is the world’s oldest democratically elected head of state. He was sworn into office on July 15, 2007, for a seven-year term. That means he has a little less than two years to go.

Keep those folks from exotic places coming!

Yori Yanover

Israel, UN, Worried about Growing Hizbollah Base in West Africa

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor warned the UN Security Council Tuesday that Hizbollah was increasing its power base in western Africa. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his own concern about dangerous ties between the Lebanese terror group and African crime organizations.

Ambassador Prosor added: “Israel is particularly concerned over Hezbollah’s use of the area as a base of terror operations. Criminal initiatives bolster Hizbollah’s efforts to create sleeper-cells in the area. The world can’t stand idly by – this endangers more than just Africa but innocent lives the world over, as we have seen in New Delhi, Tbilisi and Bangkok.”

Jewish Press News Briefs

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