Here’s an interesting report that shows how Israel and Uganda are making nice.*
The Israeli government has promised to support the Uganda Police Force acquire modern skills in policing.
The Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, said the training would improve relations between the two countries.
Olmert’s message was delivered by Brig. Gen. Pinchas Buchris, the Israeli Director General in the Ministry of Defence, who was addressing Police chiefs in Kampala on Monday. Buchris said the training programme would be implemented soon.
Buchris was excited when Major. Gen. Kale Kayihura, the Inspector General of Police, introduced to him David Magara, the commandant of the Rapid Response Unit, who was at Entebbe International Airport, on July 4, 1976 when Israeli commanders rescued their citizens who had been held hostage.
Buchari said one of the Israeli commanders, who was a sergeant at the time, recounted some of the scenes to him.
He also displayed a photo of the commanders embarking from the aircraft.
Buchari shook Magara’s hand and posed for a photo with him.
Magara said he was in charge of a front desk at the airport when the attack occurred.
Here’s hoping the Israeli training goes better than it did last time.
* the two countries re-established diplomatic relations in 1994