(JNS.org) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Rwanda on Wednesday where he toured a memorial to the more than 800,000 victims of the country's 1994 genocide.
“We are deeply moved by this memorial to the victims of one of history’s greatest crimes and reminded of the haunting similarities to the genocide of our own people,” Netanyahu wrote in the guest book at the memorial.
Netanyahu arrived in Rwanda on Wednesday as his third stop on a four state Africa tour. The Israeli leader was greeted in an official ceremony by President Paul Kagame and an honor guard of about 100 soldiers. The two leaders also met at the president’s residence later in the day.
Rwanda is one of Israel’s closest African allies and has helped play a critical role in supporting Israel in international forums such as the United Nations, where the country helped prevent the Palestinians from passing a resolution in the Security Council in 2014 calling for Israel to withdraw from the disputed territories.