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Israel Woos Ghana to Support it’s Bid for a Seat in the AU

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By Lawrence Audu
A Ghanaian member of parliament, Rev. Ntim Fordjour, has called on Ghanaians to stand in solidarity with the people of Israel, whom, he said, have become a constant target of terrorist attacks by Hamas, a terrorist group based in Palestine.
Rev. Ntim Fordjour, who is also a member of the Foreign Affairs committee of Parliament, appealed to the international community, particularly the UN, AU and Ghana, to rise in solidarity with Israel and insist that the good people of Israel have an inalienable right to exist and to live in peace and harmony.
He also extolled Israel’s economic prowess, high technological advancement and agriculture exploits. Aside from the U.S. and China, Israel, he said, has the most companies listed on the tech-focused NASDAQ stock exchange. He, thus, challenged Ghana to learn from the Israeli model, adding that Israel also provides home to some of the most prestigious and sacred Jewish, Christian and Islamic heritage in the world.

The cleric-politician, who describes himself as a friend of Israel, expressed optimism that with the intervention of all relevant stakeholders, the Israel-Palestinian conflict will see a lasting solution.
Earlier before, Israel has called on the Ghanaian government to back its bid for an observer status in the African Union (AU), which it lost in 2002 when the former Organisation of African Union (OAU) was dissolved and replaced by the AU.
The request was made to Ghana’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, who is in Jerusalem on an official visit at the invitation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
According to Avraham Neguise, an Ethiopian Jew and Chairman of the Likud coalition party in the Israeli Knesset who met with the delegation, Africa and Israel have a relationship that dates back to thousands of years and it is time to come together.
He also added that the re-admission of Israel to the AU as an observer will help attract Israeli investment to Africa. A similar call was made by Netanyahu during visits to Liberia to attend the ECOWAS Heads of State Summit in 2017 and then to Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda.
“Israel should once again be an observer state of the African Union … I fervently believe that it’s in your interest too, in the interest of Africa. And I hope all of you will support that goal,” Netanyahu told West African leaders in Monrovia last year.
Israel strongly believes its absence in the African Union has affected the country in terms of votes in international forums as a result of the country’s voice not being heard.

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