Israel selects Paris to promote its African return
At the end of May, Israel's embassy in France will organise a large conference on the African policy of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, and on Israeli firms' interest for the continent.
From its heyday in the 1980s, Palestine's diplomatic presence in Africa - a 24-embassy strong network - has lost its lustre while Israel continues to gain ground. Wanting to counter Tel Aviv's push across the continent, Ramallah has taken steps to overhaul its strategy and build new networks.
Relations between N'Djamena and the AU's Moussa Faki Mahamat are at such a low ebb that they are undermining the organisation's ability to deal with the crisis in Chad. Various initiatives are being studied to up the pressure on the junta, which has failed to amend controversial clauses of the charter serving as the rulebook for the 18-month transition period supposed to lead to a democratic future.
The changing balance of power within the AU has allowed the Jewish state to make a decisive breakthrough. It now has the status of observer country at the Addis Ababa institution, much to the displeasure of several member states.
Algeria and African Union members' diverging views on a growing number of issues promise to complicate matters further regarding the country's bid for the AU education commissioner post, set aside for a North African country.