Algeria has formally began organizing an African coalition to oppose Israel's admission in the African Union, according to Algerian and foreign media agencies.
South Africa, Tunisia, Eritrea, Senegal, Tanzania, Niger, the archipelago of Qamar, Gabon, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Liberia, and the Seychelles have all agreed to the decision, according to the online publication Rai Al-Youm.
In addition, Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra is scheduled to promote Israel's participation in the African Union during his next trips to Tunisia, Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt, according to Rai Al-Youm.
These diplomatic efforts, according to Lamamra, are in response to Tel Aviv's membership in the African Union as an observer member, a development that Israeli officials have been working on for years.
Lamamra stated that Israeli occupation had previously gained membership as an observer in the Organization of African Unity, but in 2002, the title was taken back from the regime as the African Union replaced the Organization of African Unity.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry reported in a statement on July 22 that Adamsu Alali, Tel Aviv's ambassador to Addis Ababa, had submitted his credentials as an observer member of the African Union.