Closing Israeli embassy likely?
THE Department of International Relations and Cooperation says it is seized with the matter of downgrading SA’s embassy in Israel, Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers said on Tuesday.
He said this when the peace and security cluster appeared before the National Council of Provinces to answer questions.
ANC Gauteng MP Edwin Makue had asked what the recent developments were regarding closure or the downgrade of the Israeli embassy in South Africa and the South African embassy in Israel.
This comes after the ANC passed a resolution at its 54th national conference in December to downgrade its SA embassy office in Ramat Gan in the Tel Aviv district after Israel’s continued reluctance to recognise a two-state solution with Palestine.
“The question of the Israeli embassy in South Africa is a matter for the government of Israel to decide upon and not the Department of International Relations and Cooperation.
“With regard to the rest of the questions, all resolutions of the 54th conference of the ANC have been referred to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation and is presently being processed in line with the department’s annual performance plan.
“The resolution referred to will also have to serve before the relevant subcommittees of the ruling party.
“The department is seized with this matter and we look to be guided by the Cabinet on the way forward.
“With several states in the UN taking a firm stance on a twostate solution, South Africa holds the same position.”
A two-state solution refers to a resolution of the IsraeliPalestine conflict, which calls for “two states for two groups of people”, Landers said.