Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has described former Ugandan president Idi Amin as a brutal dictator for supporting terrorists who held Israelis hostage at Entebbe airport.
“President Idi Amin was a brutal dictator who gave refuge to terrorists,” Netanyahu said Monday during the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the raid at Entebbe airport that claimed the life of his brother Yonata Netanyahu.
“Unlike 40 years ago, today we landed in broad daylight in a country with a president who fights terrorists,” he added.
According to Netanyahu, nothing justifies the deliberate murder of the innocent, the systematic slaughter of civilians.
“When terrorism triumphs in one place, it spreads to others but when it is defeated in one place, it is destroyed. We must fight all forms of terrorism.”
He observed that there were two ways to fight terrorism: clarity and courage.
“Entebbe is always with me. It’s in my thoughts, deep in my heart.”
On bilateral ties, Netanyahu said Israel looks forward to strengthening ties with Africa.
“Israel is coming back to Africa and Africa is coming back to Israel. I am proud to be the first Israeli PM in over 20 years to visit sub-Saharan Africa.”
He thanked the Ugandan leader for hosting a summit both on terrorism.
President Yoweri Museveni, on the other hand, thanked PM Benjamin Netanyahu for turning a sad incident into a way of bonding with Uganda and Africa.
Museveni called upon Israel companies to come to Uganda and boost trade, investment, tourism and technology.
“Israel has developed into a high technology centre,” Museveni pointed out, saying Sub- Saharan countries should take advantage.
The two leaders then laid wreaths in memory of the 4th July, 1976 fallen heroes who include Netanyahu’s brother, Yonata Netanyahu.
Netanyahu’s full itinerary for his five-day four-nation visit to Africa started in Uganda.
He leaves for Nairobi, Kenya at 10pm tonight.
He will arrive in Kigali, Rwanda on Wednesday and conclude his visit, the first by an Israeli PM since 1994, in Ethiopia on Thursday.