Clos­ing Is­raeli em­bassy likely?

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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.

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