What Africa Can Learn from Israel

Urging his fellow Africans to eschew the “victim mentality” of blaming their countries’ woes on the depredations of European colonialism, Ibitoye Olukosi suggests they look to Zionism for inspiration:

Africans are not the only people who have had to pass through a phase where they were dehumanized, humiliated, spat on, raped, killed like animals, and dispersed across the globe. At various points in Jewish history, Jews were driven from their original homes, scattered abroad, and almost wiped out in a Holocaust conducted by Nazi Germany, until they gradually went back to Israel and [created a state there in] 1948. . . .

Israel was more or less a “desert” when the Jews [returned en masse]. But today, it has been transformed into an indispensable country, visited by citizens of many other nations for religious tourism and academic exchange programs. Similarly, many countries now rely on, and partner with, Israel in science, technology, military, trade, and security. No doubt, this is a miracle considering [how] Jews were treated . . . in Europe and elsewhere 71 years ago.

Moreover, the Jews did not delay their progress by blaming Hitler for killing over six million of their kind; nor did they blame anyone for their having to live in exile for more than 1,000 years; rather, they put the awful experiences behind them, rolled up their sleeves, and rebuilt themselves and their country. I am very sure that Israel would be at the mercy of its hostile neighbors or Western allies today should they have held on to the victim mentality.

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As Vladimir Putin Sidles Up to the Mullahs, the Threat to the U.S. and Israel Grows

On Tuesday, Russia launched an Iranian surveillance satellite into space, which the Islamic Republic will undoubtedly use to increase the precision of its military operations against its enemies. The launch is one of many indications that the longstanding alliance between Moscow and Tehran has been growing stronger and deeper since the Kremlin’s escalation in Ukraine in February. Nicholas Carl, Kitaneh Fitzpatrick, and Katherine Lawlor write:

Presidents Vladimir Putin and Ebrahim Raisi have spoken at least four times since the invasion began—more than either individual has engaged most other world leaders. Putin visited Tehran in July 2022, marking his first foreign travel outside the territory of the former Soviet Union since the war began. These interactions reflect a deepening and potentially more balanced relationship wherein Russia is no longer the dominant party. This partnership will likely challenge U.S. and allied interests in Europe, the Middle East, and around the globe.

Tehran has traditionally sought to purchase military technologies from Moscow rather than the inverse. The Kremlin fielding Iranian drones in Ukraine will showcase these platforms to other potential international buyers, further benefitting Iran. Furthermore, Russia has previously tried to limit Iranian influence in Syria but is now enabling its expansion.

Deepening Russo-Iranian ties will almost certainly threaten U.S. and allied interests in Europe, the Middle East, and around the globe. Iranian material support to Russia may help the Kremlin achieve some of its military objectives in Ukraine and eastern Europe. Russian support of Iran’s nascent military space program and air force could improve Iranian targeting and increase the threat it poses to the U.S. and its partners in the Middle East. Growing Iranian control and influence in Syria will enable the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps [to use its forces in that country] to threaten U.S. military bases in the Middle East and our regional partners, such as Israel and Turkey, more effectively. Finally, Moscow and Tehran will likely leverage their deepening economic ties to mitigate U.S. sanctions.

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More about: Iran, Israeli Security, Russia, U.S. Security, Vladimir Putin