The Rt. Hon. Speaker of Par­lia­ment, Re­becca Kadaga, says that the raid on En­tebbe Air­port in 1976 by Is­rael to res­cue their peo­ple should be a ve­hi­cle for unity be­tween Uganda and Is­rael and Africa as a whole.

High­light­ing the hi­jack­ing of the plane and the sub­se­quent res­cue of the pas­sen­gers by the Is­raeli De­fence Forces, Kadaga said that the ter­ror­ist at­tack binds the two coun­tries and that co­op­er­a­tion should grow.

“One of the things we share are at­tacks by ter­ror­ists. The sub­se­quent res­cue of the pas­sen­gers, which re­sulted into the death of the brother of the cur­rent Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu should bind us to­gether as one peo­ple,” she said.

Kadaga made the re­marks while speak­ing at a Sem­i­nar for Heads of African Par­lia­ments that is tak­ing place at the Knes­set (Is­rael Par­lia­ment) in Jerusalem, Tues­day, 05th De­cem­ber 2017.

Ter­ror­ists un­der the Pop­u­lar Front for the Lib­er­a­tion of Pales­tine hi­jacked the plane car­ry­ing 248 pas­sen­gers, which had set off from Is­rael for Paris. The hi­jack­ers di­verted the plane to En­tebbe Air­port, where they held Is­raeli pas­sen­gers hostage.

The Speaker said that prior to the ter­ror­ist in­ci­dent, Is­rael was sup­port­ing Uganda in all forms of de­vel­op­ment. She was there­fore op­ti­mistic that re­la­tions can be en­hanced for the ben­e­fit of both Uganda and Is­rael.

” A lot of col­lab­o­ra­tion had taken place in ca­pac­ity build­ing, you had pro­vided schol­ar­ships to the peo­ple of Uganda; many of the roads in Uganda were built by Is­raeli com­pa­nies and you had es­tab­lished a cit­rus scheme in my con­stituency. I am glad that af­ter sev­eral years, our re­la­tions have been re-es­tab­lished and we are ben­e­fit­ting from much co­op­er­a­tion,” she added.

Kadaga, who is ac­com­pa­nied by the Fi­nance State Min­is­ter David Ba­hati and Hon. Akello Lucy, called for Is­raeli in­vest­ment in agri­cul­ture, man­u­fac­tur­ing and the min­ing sec­tor which she said is still un­der­ex­ploited.

” Uganda has over 60% arable land and we are not us­ing it well; I want to in­vite your sup­port to im­prove agri­cul­ture in our coun­try. There is also need to cre­ate in­vest­ments so that we gen­er­ate em­ploy­ment by es­tab­lish­ing more in­dus­tries and in­fra­struc­ture,” she said.

Kadaga wel­comed Is­raelis to visit Uganda for gen­eral and re­li­gious tourism high­light­ing the Uganda Mar­tyrs in rec­i­p­ro­ca­tion of the vis­its by Ugan­dans to the Holy Sites in Is­rael.

The Speaker of the Is­rael Par­lia­ment, Hon. Yuli Yoel Edel­stein, said given the his­tory be­tween the two coun­tries, there is need for more co­op­er­a­tion.

Edel­stein re­vealed that they have launched a spe­cial cau­cus for re­la­tions with African Par­lia­ments and that they have signed co­op­er­a­tion agree­ments with Rwanda, Tan­za­nia and Uganda.

“We be­lieve that we can help forge warmer ties through mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial part­ner­ships be­tween our par­lia­ments and peo­ples in var­i­ous ar­eas for shared in­ter­est,” Edel­stein said.

The Sem­i­nar that has brought Speak­ers from South Su­dan, Tan­za­nia, Ghana and Rwanda will close on the 07th De­cem­ber 2017.