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Friday, August 06, 2004

SA/Israel relations

Today’s This Day newspaper is blaring the front page headline : “SA backs move to isolate Israel”

From the article:
“South Africa is set to back a drive by the Palestinian Authority to question Israel’s credentials at the United Nation’s general assembly next month – a move similar to that which led to the apartheid regime’s isolation in 1974.”

President Thabo Mbeki is to personally lead the South African delegation that will attend the UN meeting.

Our deputy foreign minister Aziz Pahad is to tour the Gulf region, Israel and the Palestinian territories later this month. Part of his mission will be to gather information for the UN general assembly. In the past South Africa has tended to side with the Palestinians on United Nations resolutions. Palestinian foreign minister Farouk Khadoumi told This Day that Palestine will be asking for economic sanctions against Israel.

The article also reports however, that SA is trying to stop Israel’s moves to reduce diplomatic relations with Pretoria. Foreign Affairs director general Ayanda Ntsaluba will be going to Israel later this month to discuss the issue.

If only Pahad would spend as much time, money and effort being as critical of Zimbabwe as he is against Israel.

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