Archbishop Akinola is in Israel, unable to be in Jordan with the GAFCON (Global Anglican Future Conference) conference. David Virtue reports that there have been threats on the Archbishop's life - we don't know by whom. So protection is in order, and has come. Virtue reports,
"Nigerian Primate Peter Akinola, who was not given diplomatic clearance to attend the pro-GAFCON theological Consultation in Amman and who is accompanied by a bodyguard from the Mossad because of threats on his life, said “The Lord sent me ahead of you. We have come together like this because it is critical. If we make a list of the things God has done in the last few weeks regardless of persecution we must acknowledge that we have come together...it has happened.”
So, why Mossad, which I understand handles intelligence, security and secret operations overseas? Why not Shin Bet, whose work seems more likely to concern internal security? Well, protection may be well advised. If so I am glad he has it.
On the other hand, remember that the protectors, particularly if Mossad, can have other motives. Who will protect the Archbishop against the protectors, who might wish to limit the Archbishop's activities in Israel.
It will be interesting to see if any visitor / participant in GAFCON, much less the Archbishop of Nigeria with Mossad protectors, will be visiting the work of Palestinian Christians of the Anglican persuasion in the West Bank or the Gaza Strip.