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Why Netanyahu's Africa visit is worth the cost

Those criticizing the cost of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Africa are missing the point; it could open doors to African markets and strengthen Israel both economically and diplomatically.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) walks with Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni (R) after arriving to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Operation Entebbe at the Entebbe airport in Uganda, July 4, 2016. With them is Ugandan First Lady Janet Museveni (R). REUTERS/Presidential Press Unit/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. - RTX2JNYB
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's opponents and rivals have not missed the chance to criticize and ridicule his extravagant and wasteful visit to Africa.

Netanyahu's visit started July 4 when his entourage landed in Uganda on the 40th anniversary of the hostage rescue operation that freed the passengers of an Air France flight that was hijacked and taken to the Ugandan town of Entebbe in 1976. Netanyahu's own brother Yoni, commander of the Matkal commando unit, was killed in the rescue operation. The prime minister's official visit to four African countries — Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Ethiopia — is scheduled to end July 8. The visit was intended to bolster economic and diplomatic ties between Israel and Africa. Just last week, the Israeli government approved a program worth 50 million shekels ($13 million) to advance this goal.

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