As Netanyahu winds up his Africa trip, two more rulers seek ties with Israel

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu disclosed Thursday night at a news conference in Addis Ababa summing up his successful East African tour that a Muslim African ruler had phoned him and expressed interest in establishing relations with Israel. Netanyahu did not name the ruler. But DEBKAfile has learned from African sources that the caller was Chad President Idriss Déby, whose country is bounded by Libya, Sudan, the Central African Republic and Cameroon. Our military sources say that Chad has one of the strongest armies in that part of the continent and is engaged in fighting off ISIS  and AQIM incursions with the aid of small French contingents of instructors and special operations personnel.

A second leader, Central African Republic Prime Minister Faustin Archange Touadera, also recently put out feelers for ties with Israel.  

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