Maimane right to visit Is­rael

The Star Early Edition - - LIFESTYLE VERVE - Wil­lie Pater­son

THE FURORE over the visit of the leader of the op­po­si­tion, Mmusi Maimane, to Is­rael has strange over­tones.

Free­dom of speech and free­dom of move­ment are some of the pre­cious val­ues en­shrined in any true democ­racy.

These are hard-fought val­ues and peo­ple even paid with their lives so that a new gen­er­a­tion may ex­pe­ri­ence and en­joy these priv­i­leges.

It is sad that a coun­try with our his­tory cas­ti­gates the leader of the op­po­si­tion for vis­it­ing Is­rael on a factfind­ing mis­sion to po­si­tion him­self to re­spond to the Is­raeli-Pales­tinian con­flict as a bet­ter in­formed in­di­vid­ual.

Have we lost the moral high ground we have held dur­ing the rec­on­cil­i­a­tion process after apartheid?

Maimane’s visit to Is­rael to learn more about the con­flict is the thing to do for any­body who wants to play a con­struc­tive role in the Is­raeli-Pales­tinian peace process, un­less some peo­ple for some rea­son do not want peace be­tween Is­rael and the Pales­tini­ans.

The peace-process is al­ready clouded by groups of peo­ple with seem­ingly hidden agen­das, us­ing the kind of ac­tions and rhetoric which im­pacted the process neg­a­tively.

The peace process be­tween Is­rael and the Pales­tini­ans is drowned by a myr­iad voices lack­ing the in­sight needed for the del­i­cate sit­u­a­tion in Mid­dle Eastern pol­i­tics. Brack­en­fell, Cape Town

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