Shalom, Africa! Israeli Soft Power on the African Continent


Anna Semenova


The article outlines Israel’s strategy on the African continent, characterizes the key goals and measures used for spreading Israeli influence in the region. Special emphasis is placed on analyzing the activities of the Israeli Agency for International Development Cooperation, which since its foundation shortly after the proclamation of the State of Israel has been the main handler of Israel’s soft power in Africa.


Israel, Jewish Diaspora in Africa, soft power, African policy, Agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV)




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