Kenyas visepresident Odinga besøkte Israel i helgen, og al-Shabaab truer med gjengjeldelse. Israel er i ferd med å få et sikkerhetsarbeid med flere land i regionen som trues av radikal islam.
Sør-Sudan, Etiopia, Kenya og Tanzania nevnes som land som er interessert i å samarbeide mot jihad-bevegelsen.
Kenya said in a statement that President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised the East African nation help in securing its borders with Somalia.
A statement from the Odinga’s office said Netanyahu promised to help build «a coalition against fundamentalism,» bringing together the countries Kenya, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Tanzania. Kenya said that Peres said Israel was ready to make «everything available to Kenya» for internal security.
The Israeli government did not confirm any of statements made by Odinga’s office. Israel said the meetings were a continuation of the deepening of Israel’s relations with African countries.
Israeli security forces are among the best in the world in dealing with terror threats, making it logical for Kenya to seek security assistance. But al-Shabab could view Kenya’s request as a provocation.
Israel er allerede i krig med jihadistene i Øst-Afrika.
In 2002 militants bombed an Israeli-owned luxury hotel on Kenya’s coast near the city of Mombasa, killing 13 people. The militants also tried to shoot down an Israeli airliner at the same time.
En talsmann for al-Shabaab truer med alvorlige aksjoner, hvis ikke Kenya innstiller samarbeidet med Israel og trekker sine soldater ut av Somalia.
Sheik Ali Mohamud Rage on Tuesday also warned Kenya that it still has a chance to withdraw its forces from neighboring Somalia because «things have not begun in earnest,» a likely reference to threats to carry out terror attacks in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital.
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