Until last week’s crucial Palestinian resolution, Nigeria usually voted against Israel “automatically” in UN matters. But when push came to shove, the West African country provided the crucial vote to prevent the Palestinian motion going forward. Partly, this was due to effective personal diplomacy between Israeli PM Netanyahu and Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan.But it might also be the fault of radical Islamists. As YNet reports:
Part of the change stemmed from the tightening relationship between Israel and Nigeria and from the common interests of the countries in the fight against global terrorism. Israel was one of the first nations in the world to offer the Nigerians help in the struggle against the Boko Haram terrorist group.According to various reports, Israel also sold the Nigerians weaponry to be used in the struggle, while the US had enacted an arms embargo against Nigeria.
We doubt that Boko has a high opinion of Israel, to say the least. But it might ironically have made its nation an ally of the Zionists when Nigeria’s influence counted most.Nevertheless, the Israelis cannot rest easy. Due to rotation, their allies Australia and Rwanda were swapped out for Venezuela Malaysia on New Years Day. 2015 will require the same adroitness—and perhaps a bit of luck—from Israel’s diplomats in UN matters as they showed last week.