IFP: South African Israeli Embassy ‘Downgrade’ Is Regressive Diplomacy
10 April 2019
The Inkatha Freedom Party has always maintained that a negotiated two-state solution, consistent with the 1967 borders, is the only way to effectively address and advance the peace process in the Middle East.
The decision by the South African Government to ‘downgrade’ the South African Embassy in Israel to liaison office is regressive diplomacy which does not advance the agenda of peace and stability in the Middle East.
Moreover it is a decision that is nothing more than short term ‘electioneering’ on the part of the ANC without giving due consideration as to how this will impact South Africa in the long term in respect of not only maintaining a neutral two-state solution stance, but also in respect of South Africa’s beneficial trade, development and investment relationship with Israel.
In the year that South Africa has assumed a seat on the UN Security Council it is regrettable that the government chooses to agitate the situation with reckless and irresponsible diplomatic decisions.