Isreal Prime Minister Netanyahu Denies Reports Of Assassination Attempt In Kenya
|L-R: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, Ethiopian PM Hailemariam Dessalegn speak during a joint press conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,|
Netanyahu said he was learning about the reports of an assassination attempt for the first time during a press conference with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn in Addis Ababa.
He made the remarks in regards to a reporter's question following an anonymously sourced report in the Kuwaiti newspaper al-Jarida.
"The answer is we know nothing about it because there is nothing in it," Netanyahu said.
"An attempted assassination can't be secret. It has to be something visible, and to my knowledge there was absolutely nothing of the sort," Kenya's Interior Ministry spokesman Mwenda Njoka told The Associated Press.
"I'm not aware, and there was no such thing at all. Those are lies," Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet said.
The Israeli prime minister is protected by heavy security in Israel and abroad, given high threats against Israeli targets around the world. Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated by a Jewish extremist in Tel Aviv in 1995.
Netanyahu's four-nation Africa visit is the first to sub-Saharan Africa by a sitting Israeli prime minister in nearly three decades. He has visited Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda while pursuing closer security and other ties with African nations, which cut or limited their relationships with Israel in the 1970s under pressure from Arab countries. African states were also opposed to Israel's close ties to South Africa's apartheid government.