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Israel–Zimbabwe relations


Israel–Zimbabwe relations

Israel-Zimbabwe relations
Map indicating locations of Israel and Zimbabwe



Israel–Zimbabwe relations refers to foreign relations between Israel and Zimbabwe. Neither country has a resident ambassador.


  • History 1
  • Commercial ties 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4


During the 1970s, Israel sold weapons and military equipment to the predominantly white government of PLO under Yasser Arafat during the 1980s, and formally established relations with the PLO in March 1983. Israeli relations with South Africa in the 1970s led to Zimbabwe's verbal support for the PLO and comparisons of Zionism to apartheid.[2] The state-run publication, The Herald, questioned the legitimacy of Israel's existence. In October 1983, Abel Muzorewa, the former Prime Minister of Zimbabwe Rhodesia, visited Israel. He urged Robert Mugabe to establish diplomatic relations, saying his political policies hurt Zimbabwe's agriculture and technology industries. Muzorewa was imprisoned that year for alleged conspiracy with Israel and South Africa.[3]

Israel and Zimbabwe established formal diplomatic relations in 1993.[4] In 2001, the Zimbabwean government voiced support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.[2]

Commercial ties

Zimbabwe is not a party to

  1. ^ Beit-Hallahmi, Benjamin (1988). The Israeli Connection: Whom Israel Arms and Why. pp. 62–63. 
  2. ^ a b Schwartz, Richard (2001). Coming to Terms: Zimbabwe in the International Arena. pp. 157–161. 
  3. ^ Choosing Mugabe
  4. ^ Zimbabwe, Jewish Virtual Library
  5. ^ US Economic Sanctions and Anti-Boycott Laws
  6. ^ "Zimbabwe: Israel to sell heavy riot control vehicles to Mugabe government". Southern African Documentation and Cooperation Centre Dokumentations. Retrieved 2007-12-12. 
  7. ^ Zimbabwe business delegation set to leave for Israel
  8. ^ Israel backs Zim diamonds


See also

At a meeting in Tel Aviv in June 2010, Israel declared its support for Zimbabwe's inclusion in the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, stating that Zimbabwe is capable of supplying nearly a quarter of the global demand for diamonds.[8]


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