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Idi Amin, catapulted to power by Israel?

Idi Amin, a man who was cherished by his supporters but also a man viewed as a megalomaniac dictator by his critics...was the Third President of Uganda from 1971-1979.

At one time, Amin was a friend of Israel...The following information from an Israeli historian suggests Israeli militants played a key role in assisting Amin in seizing power in Uganda.

Obote soon began to suspect that Amin might be one of those vultures. During a trip to Cairo, according to the Israeli military historian Yehuda Ofer, Amin called Bar-Lev because he was worried that, when he returned, he would be arrested for the murder of an Obote ally. Bar-Lev was eager to help Amin, who was serving Israel’s interests in Sudan, and he advised the Ugandan commander to form a battalion within the Army to protect himself. The Israelis would train it. This unit, consisting of paratroopers, tanks, and armed jeeps, proved instrumental a few months later when, in January, 1971, Amin overthrew the regime while Obote was in Singapore for a meeting of the British Commonwealth.

The coup had taken Britain’s High Commissioner to Uganda, Richard Slater, by surprise, so the next morning he paid a visit to Colonel Bar-Lev, who happened to be sitting with Amin. Bar-Lev informed Slater that Amin had control of the entire Army. Officers sympathetic to Obote were out of action—some were dead, others had fled their barracks. The bullet-ridden cars of Cabinet ministers now stood abandoned on Kampala’s streets. The Israelis would continue to provide advice for weeks afterward, while the last traces of resistance to the coup were eliminated.

Arye Oded, who was in charge of Ugandan affairs in Israel’s Foreign Ministry at the time, denies that Bar-Lev had anything to do with Amin’s coup, but Bar-Lev himself told the Times, Slater, and the historian Ofer otherwise. Amin’s first diplomatic visit was to Israel, followed by Britain, where he dined with Queen Elizabeth. But relations with both countries soon soured, especially after Israel refused to sell Amin fighter planes with which he hoped to bomb Tanzania, where Obote was then raising a rebel army.

Amin turned to Libya’s Muammar Qaddafi, who agreed to sell jets to the Ugandan, but only if the latter would break off ties with Israel. Amin promptly expelled all Israelis from the country, installed the Palestine Liberation Organization in the former Israeli Embassy, and commenced construction of a giant mosque in downtown Kampala. He then telephoned his foreign minister, an elegant barrister, fashion model, and tribal princess named Elizabeth Bagaya, and asked her to draft a cable to Prime Minister Golda Meir that read, “Pick up your knickers and go back to America where you came from!”

“I’m sorry, sir,” Bagaya replied, “but you’re a head of state, and as such you cannot use such language.” Amin hung up on her, but the cable was never sent. Amin’s anger at the Israelis for denying him fighter jets could explain his sudden sympathy for the Arab cause and his willingness to allow the Air France hijackers to conduct hostage negotiations from Entebbe in 1976.


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Thought on the above article and additional viewpoints on Idi Amin are welcome.
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Idi Amin was certainly a man who sought attention, and would often behave in what many would call eccentric ways. Amin for example had some Brits carry him on a throne. Now the critics suggest Amin forced these men to carry him...but looking at the picture might possibly tell a different story the one Brit appears to be smiling as if he is enjoying the procession,







Yet prior to Amin taking power in Uganda and later becoming an opponent of the British...... Amin was loyal to the Crown. Idi Amin joined the King’s African Rifles in 1946... assisting the British in Somali, helping to fight Shifta rebels as well as helping to put down the Mau Mau uprising. In total Amin dedicated almost 20 years of military service to the British Armed Forces.

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well the israelis will try to influence the foreign policy of other countries in their interest just like other regional powers

btw which jets was idi amin interested in from israel ?
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