African Leaders Eulogize Shimon Peres, Fallen Israeli Ex-Pres. Who Ordered Entebbe Raid
African presidents and foreign minsters have been sharing their thoughts following the death of Israel’s former president and prime minister Shimon Peres at the age of 93.
Kenya’s president said he met Mr Peres recently;
“Earlier this morning I learned that@PresidentPeres of Israel had passed away. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and to Israel,” Kenyatta tweeted.
He added, “I last saw him a few months ago. He was full of vigour, and he dispensed good advice, gleaned from half a century of public service.”
Gabon’s president has also tweeted: “I want to salute the memory of Shimon Peres, great statesman and tireless peace ambassador.”
Rwanda’s foreign minister has also added her voice:
“Sympathy and solidarity with #Israel, the family and many friends of Shimon Peres; a great statesman has passed on!”
But with the wider public Mr Peres’ legacy is not uncontroversial.
While some on social media have dwelt on his involvement in the Oslo peace accords signed with the Palestinians, others have brought up other aspects of his life.
In 2010, the Guardian newspaper reported that in 1975, when he was defence minister, Mr Peres was involved in negotiations with South Africa over selling the country nuclear warheads.
Israel denied that the negotiations took place.
In 1976, while he was still defence minister, Mr Peres oversaw the rescue of hostages in Entebbe, Uganda. They were on a plane on its way from Israel to France when it was hijacked and forced to land in Uganda.