No decision made to close Israel Embassy, says Ntshaveni

According to Ntshaveni, no decision has been made to close the Israel Embassy.

Following a cabinet meeting last week, Ntshavheni briefed the media on Monday morning.

Following the widespread condemnation of Israel’s bombardment of Gaza, which resulted in the displacement of thousands of Palestinians and a devastating humanitarian crisis with shortages of food, water, fuel, and medical supplies, South Africa is debating its diplomatic ties with Israel.

The ambassador should be expelled, according to some pro-Palestine civic organizations and political parties.

Eliav Belotsercovsky, the Israeli ambassador to South Africa, has since been appointed by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation ( DIRCO ).

Additionally,” for further consultation,” the South African government withdrew its diplomats from Tel Aviv.

Ntshavheni claims that for the time being, South Africa’s only remaining course of action is to write to the International Criminal Court to look into potential war crimes.

Since the dispute over territorial jurisdiction was resolved in 2021, the ICC has been able to look into the situation in Palestine. Despite the seriousness of the situation, we have observed that the prosecutor’s office has persisted in stumbling.

If these investigations had started as soon as the Palestinian authorities first referred it, the current atrocities might not have happened.

Julius Malema, the leader of the EFF, presented a draft resolution to the National Assembly on Monday afternoon calling for the suspension of all diplomatic ties with Israel and the closure of its embassy in South Africa.

MPs discussed a draft resolution on the matter last week.

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