Influential Nigerian Pastor to Visit Israel Next Week
Deputy Minister Kara is back from a trip intended to rally support for Israel in Africa.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 8/17/2011, 8:12 PM
Mesika (middle), Adeboye and MK Kara
Nigerian Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), will visit Israel next week and meet the Prime Minister and President.
The RCCG claims to have churches in more than 100 countries, and Adeboye was named one of the world's 50 most powerful people by Newsweek in 2008.
Deputy Minister Ayoub Kara returned to Israel Wednesday after a visit to Nigeria, which was intended to encourage support for Israel in next month’s scheduled Arab attempt to declare the Palestinian Authority as an independent country.
Kara spoke on Monday with Nigeria's president Dr. Goodluck Jonathan and leaders of two other African nations, asking for support for Israel. In early September, Kara will return to Africa for a visit to Uganda and South Sudan.
Kara was accompanied in Africa by Samaria local authority chief Gershon Mesika and the Shomron Liaison Bureau's David Ha'ivri. Mesika will be hosting Adeboye in Samaria next week. "The Africans received us very enthusiastically we discovered great potential for support for Israel, with regard to September and with regard to trade cooperation as well," said Ha'ivri.