Libya’s Gaddafi Had A History Of Reaching Out To Israel

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The Jerusalem Post reports: The report that the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi requested help from Israel during the revolt against his rule could be another example of the leader’s actions at odds with his harsh rhetoric.

After many years of hostility and orchestrating terrorism against the West, Gaddafi eventually decided to pursue a rapprochement with the US in order to end sanctions in exchange for his agreeing to dismantle the country’s nuclear weapons program in 2003.

Reports of Gaddafi reaching out to Israel also raise another question: How many of Israel’s current declared enemies are covertly seeking cooperation with or reaching out to the Jewish state? “The report provoked amazement and doubts because the Libyan tyrant was known for his unequivocal rejection of Zionism and rejection of the right of the State of Israel to exist,” Prof. Yehudit Ronen, a leading expert on Libya and the African Sahel region at Bar-Ilan University, told The Jerusalem Post.

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