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Israel and Tropical Africa

Political Economy of Technical Assistance

This article, published in the February 1965 issue of Economic Weekly, is an interesting take on technical assistance of Israel to tropical African countries - a few years before the 1967 war in Nigeria. 

Abstract: "We do not like our friends to tell us who are our enemies" - An African Statesman;

This is a familiar enough refrain with the more articulate African. And the charming Nigerian said as much, as he poured out some vintage port in a plush— albeit Syrian! — restaurant in Ibadan. "Our stand is simple. We do not wish to inherit your quarrels. I can't see why we Africans shouldn't be friends with Arabs and Israelis". That is the genesis of Israel's unspectacular but amazingly effective penetration of Africa south of the Sahara. 
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