South Africa withdraws its ambassador to Israel following deadly attack in the Gaza Strip


The South African government has withdrawn its Ambassador to Israel to register disapproval on Israeli’s deadly attack in the Gaza Strip in a move that may signal a new era in the African powerhouse foreign policy under the guidance of new minister Lindiwe Sisulu.

In a statement issued yesterday the South African government said it “condemns in the strongest terms possible the latest act of violent aggression carried out by Israeli armed forces along the Gaza border, which has led to the deaths of over 40 civilians. The victims were taking part in a peaceful protest against the provocative inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem.”

The statement added that this latest attack has resulted in scores of other Palestinian citizens reported injured, and the wanton destruction of property.

“Given the indiscriminate and grave manner of the latest Israeli attack, the South African government has taken a decision to recall Ambassador Sisa Ngombane with immediate effect until further notice.

“As we have stated on previous occasions, South Africa reiterates its view that the Israeli Defence Force must withdraw from the Gaza Strip and bring to an end the violent and destructive incursions into Palestinian territories. South Africa maintains further that the violence in the Gaza Strip will stand in the way of rebuilding Palestinian institutions and infrastructure.

“The routine actions of the Israeli armed forces present yet another obstacle to a permanent resolution to the conflict, which must come in the form of two states, Palestine and Israel, existing side-by-side and in peace.”

South Africa’s statement added that like other members of the international community, South Africa is disturbed by the latest deadly aggression and reiterates calls made by several member states of the United Nations for an independent inquiry into the killings, with a view to holding to account those who are responsible.

The move does not only place South Africa up against Israel but possibly against the United States which under President Donald Trump has become taken an overtly pro Israeli position in the conflict in the Palestine.

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