Political parties disagree on whether South Africa should cut off diplomatic ties with Israel as a result of the thousands of Palestinians killed in Gaza.
Julius Malema, the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters ( EFF), presented the proposal during a National Assembly mini-plenary.
He claimed that rather than being directed at Jews, the call to expel the Israeli ambassador to South Africa was made in response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s actions and the violation of Palestinians ‘ human rights.
However, at least four other opposition parties disagreed, arguing that severing diplomatic ties would not be wise for achieving peace.
Julius Malema, the leader of the EFF, declared that until the government complied with international law, it must fight all forms of racism and sever ties with Israel.
” We decline to speak with Israel’s embassy in South Africa.” It has to leave right away. No justice, no tranquility.
The African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP ), Freedom Front Plus, Inkatha Freedom Party, and Democratic Alliance ( DA ) all disagreed, though.
It is akin to fleeing, according to Mkhuleko Hlengwa of the IFP. Regressive diplomacy is the act of recalling or dismissing ambassadors.
According to Corne Mulder of The Freedom Front Plus,” South Africa will not be able to participate in any way in mediation or attempt to play a constructive and positive role to put an end to this conflict.”
Next week, the House will hold a full session to vote on the EFF’s motion.