October 12, 2015The agenda of terrorists is to kill, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has noted, advising Kenya to deal with them ruthlessly.
Sympathising following the death of 148 in the Garissa University College attack, Netanyahu said terrorists must be stopped before fulfilling their missions.
“We must nip the fundamentalists in the bud. Africa too must ensure there are no cells. That is what we need to do; we should not relent,” he said.
“The ongoing terror attacks are a disease. We are fighting fundamentalists [and] we must not allow them to succeed. Kenya is our ally in this war.”
He spoke during a meeting with Deputy President William Ruto at his office in Jerusalem on Monday.
Terrorism has resulted in “global turblence” with the rise of ISIS, Netanyahu said, adding that communication and intelligence are critical to combating it.
He assured Kenya of support saying; “The security of Kenya is of value to its neighbors. We are ready to give resources, expertise and training.”
Noting that Kenya and Israel face similar challenges, he said his country will also provide equipment.
Netanyahu added that Italy and Germany are ready to assist Africa in dealing with terrorism.
He said the leaders of the nations, and Israel, had consulted on the matter and other issues of benefit to the continent.
The countries want to ensure that Africa governments do not collapse because of terrorism, he said, adding Israel will also support Kenya in agriculture, technology, irrigation and health.
Ruto said Kenya is keen on sharing intelligence with Israel, and added that counter-terrorism is key to winning the war.
The African Union, he further said, is working towards stabilising countries to ensure terrorists do not exploit lawlessness.
He said Kenya has significantly benefited from Israel in the agriculture sector, health, security and technology sectors.
Ruto was accompanied by Water and Irrigation CS Eugene Wamalwa and MPs Victor Munyaka, Joseph Weru and Ferdinand Waititu.
Netanyahu was with officials including National Security Advisor Yosi Cohen and Foreign Press Advisor Mark Regev.
The DP later visited the Knesset (Parliament) for consultations and toured the Holocaust Museum where he laid a wreath in memory of six million Jews killed during the Nazi regime.