Debate in Parliament - Breaking of diplomatic relations with Israel

The debate in Parliament today expressed a sentiment which we already know. It was a pointless exercise because Parliament does not determine the international relations of South Africa. It is especially pointless, given Israel’s decision to withdraw its ambassador for consultation.

The jeers of EFF and ANC singing, “from the river to the sea”, a chant which calls for the destruction of the only Jewish state, makes a mockery of the ANC’s stated position of supporting a two-state solution. Minister of International Relation, Naledi Pandor, herself recognises how counter- productive such a resolution is. In her words, “breaking of diplomatic relations with Israel will be counterproductive as it will also affect our representative office in Ramallah”.

Prof Karen Milner
National Chairperson, SAJBD

Recent Articles