Israel returns to African Union fold

Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (right) elbow-bumps Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid before the start of the weekly cabinet meeting at the Knesset in Jerusalem on July 19, 2021. 

Photo credit: AFP

What you need to know:

  • Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid announced on Thursday that the country had submitted its credentials to be an observer state.
  • In the past decade, Israel has increased its representation in Africa, establishing relations with 46 of 55 members of the AU.

Israel is returning to the African Union (AU) in what officials in Jerusalem say is to correct an anomaly regarding the Middle Eastern country with the continent.


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