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47 out of 54 countries benefit from ties with Israel


December 15, 2017

Israel’s Foreign Ministry recently carried out a comprehensive survey of the citizens of 54 countries about their country’s relations with Israel. The main finding is that in a vast majority of those countries, 47 of 54 of them, most of the people surveyed believe that their country would benefit from links with Israel.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu referred to these finding on Sunday as a “gigantic change.”

“What is also interesting is that half of the public in the countries in the Middle East that were reviewed, the assets and strength of Israel are appreciated and they believe that their country could benefit by links with Israel,” Netanyahu said during the weekly Cabinet meeting.

“When I say again and again that Israel is a rising global power—I know what I am talking about. Today Israel is a sought-after country,” Netanyahu underscored.

He pointed to his 12 hour visit in Kenya last week, during which he met presidents of Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Rwanda, Togo, Botswana and Namibia, as well as the Ethiopian prime minister and other leaders.

Over the past year, Netanyahu has visited Kazakhstan, Singapore, Australia, Azerbaijan and several countries in Latin America. For the first three countries, it was the first visit by an Israeli premier. He also hosted India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an historic visit.

In August, Senegal and Guinea, two Muslim-majority West African nations, sent their first-ever full-time ambassadors to Israel.

“Israel is a sought-after, developed and strong country that even the citizens of countries with which we do not have official relations understand the benefit of relations with Israel. We are going from strength to strength and developing even more links,” the Israeli premier stated,

“The major diplomatic blossoming of the State of Israel is based—among other things—on a dynamic economy, initiatives, and the development of businesses and technology. This is at the root of our strength,” he declared.


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