On Friday, August 27, 2021, the Israeli ambassador to Ethiopia, Alilin Admasu, gave an interview to “Gil Haveman,” editor-in-chief of the “Voice of Israel” newspaper, about Israeli-Ethiopian relations and the issue of the Renaissance Dam.
During the meeting, Admasu expressed his optimism about the future of Israeli-Ethiopian relations.
He stressed that these relations, which he described as “good”, would provide Israel with the possibility of superiority over some countries in the region, especially Egypt and Sudan.
Israel and Ethiopia
In his dialogue, the ambassador of the occupying country stressed that Israel considers Ethiopia an important and strategic country due to its geopolitical position, especially as it is one of the most important countries at the source of the Nile.
He explained at the same time that Egypt was and still is a competitor to Israel, and it has the potential to become its enemy; “Therefore, it was Israel’s duty to search for strategies to permanently contain Egypt.” as described.
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Aleline Admaso added that Egypt and Sudan are just deserts without the Nile, and building the Renaissance Dam on the Nile is killing two birds with one stone.
He justified this according to the interest of the occupation, saying: “On the one hand, Ethiopia, which has good relations with Israel, can meet its needs for water, electricity and agriculture, and on the other hand, Egypt and Sudan are experiencing a severe internal crisis, which leads to Egypt’s inability to think about competition or conflict with Israel.”
The Israeli ambassador talks about the Renaissance Dam
The Israeli ambassador added that if the Renaissance Dam reservoir is filled within 5 to 7 years, Egypt’s share of the Nile water will decrease by 12 to 25 percent.
He added, “But I believe that Ethiopia has the right to fill the dam until the end of 2023 in order to meet the needs of its Prime Time Zone.”
In response to the question of the Israeli journalist Gil Huffman, about the repercussions of filling the dam’s reservoir within two years and exposing Egypt to drought, the Israeli ambassador said, “Egypt is advanced in the agricultural sector, and it can implement its agricultural investment projects in Ethiopia, and in return it imports electricity from Ethiopia instead of decreasing its share of Nile water.”
Disagreements between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia
Regarding Israel’s position on the differences between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia, the Israeli ambassador said: “Our position is clear that Egypt and Sudan must stop political bullying on Ethiopia, and the Egyptian authorities must not repeat the phrase natural and historical rights.”
The Israeli ambassador to Ethiopia also added that the support of different countries to Ethiopia causes Egypt and Sudan not to think of a military confrontation with Ethiopia.
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Admaso added, with a contemptuous tone, that Israeli companies are ready to provide Cairo with the technology to desalinate Mediterranean water and provide potable water. (This leads to Israel controlling Egyptian water security).
The statements of the Israeli ambassador to Ethiopia prove that Israel has wide influence in Ethiopia and plays a pivotal role in Ethiopia’s decisions on the Renaissance Dam issue.
With its support for Ethiopia, Israel is stabbing the Egyptian and Sudanese Prime Time Zone in the back.
The Renaissance Dam and a Sudanese message to Russia
It is noteworthy that prior to the upcoming meetings with Russia, the Sudanese government reiterated that negotiations on the Renaissance Dam reached a dead end due to Ethiopian intransigence, according to the Sudan Tribune newspaper.
It is expected that the ninth session of the Political Consultation Committee between the Sudanese and Russian Foreign Ministries will be held in Moscow next September.
The Undersecretary of the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Muhammad Sharif Abdullah, sent a written letter to the Deputy Foreign Minister, Mikhail Bogdanov.
The letter stated that “the tripartite negotiations between Khartoum, Cairo and Addis Ababa reached a dead end because of the latter’s intransigence.”
The Sudanese official talked about activating the proposal submitted by his country, which was supported by Egypt, to form a four-way mediation led by Congo in its capacity as the head of the current session of the African Union, with the participation of the United Nations, the European Union and America.
Egypt and Sudan fear for their share of the Nile waters, and accuse Ethiopia of intransigence and failure of the negotiations that took place during the past years regarding the Renaissance Dam.
For its part, Ethiopia says that the dam is essential to its economic development and does not aim to harm neighboring countries.
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