Spotlight | Israel
New Mossad chief deploys African strategy
With Chad at the heart of it, Africa is one of new the priorities of new Israeli external intelligence chief David Barnea.
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After military manoeuvres at its border, Iran fears it could be encircled by Azerbaijan and is concerned about Israel's increasingly stronger engagement with Baku.
Greece's Energean has turned to the US company Halliburton to drill new wells in the Karish gas field in Israel, in an area that may encroach on Beirut's offshore. However Lebanon has little sway over the moves of these major players.
Retired Israeli general Zeev Zacharin, now in the business of private security and diamonds, stands accused of taking part in the defrauding of businessman Arcadi Gaydamak. Time will tell if he turns up for his court appearance in Luxembourg.
For more than twenty years, David Salama has been putting his talents as an offshore virtuoso at the service of African states and tycoons active on the continent.