- Naledi Pandor believes that South Africa should rethink its relationship with Israel following the recent conflict in Gaza
- Reports suggest that close to 250 Palestinians and at least 12 Israelis died during the deadly clashes in Gaza
- The minister shared that Mzansi supports the International Criminal Court in its planned investigation into the latest conflict
International Relations Minister Naledi Pandor has said that Mzansi has to reconsider its engagement with Israel following the deadly clash between the country and Palestine.
The bloody conflict in Gaza claimed the lives of close to 250 Palestinians and al least 12 Israelis, according to reports. Pandor called on the international community to stop the impunity while Mzansi supports the International Criminal Court in its planned investigation into the latest conflict.
EWN reports that South Africa has already withdrawn its ambassador to Israel in protest against the country's government and in support of Palestine. The minister said Palestinians were trapped and needed all the help.
Briefly News readers took to Facebook to share their thoughts on Pandor's comments. Check out some of their reactions below:
Mavuso Wiseman said:
"Why bafakaza coz this matter has no clear evidence on who started what...?? and the reason there are more deaths in Gaza than Israel is because Israel has a better defence system than Palestine."
Maho David said:
"You don't blame USA for selling these weapons to lsrael because the USA are super power."
Maonere Akasiyana asked:
"Why can't Palestine and Israel be a single nation?"
Wayde Johnson said:
"Why people care about the racist Israel?"
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In related news, Briefly News reported that recently that Israel and the Palestinian militant group known as Hamas on Thursday, 20 May resolved to accept a ceasefire deal after days of attacks and counter-attacks resulting in many deaths and large-scale destruction of properties on both sides.
According to a Hamas leader who spoke with CNN on Thursday, 20 May, the terms of the latest agreement were brokered by the Egyptian government. The Hamas members added that the truce will take effect in the early hours of Friday, 21 May, Reuters also reported.
Confirming this, Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu revealed that during a security cabinet meeting in the evening of Thursday with the Chief of Staff, the heads of the Shin Bet, the Mossad and the National Security Council accepted Egypt's offer.
As the letter was released on Monday, the president spoke out on the escalating situation between Israel and Palestine. Ramaphosa said South Africans know too well that intractable conflicts can only be solved through peaceful negotiation.
On the other hand, City Press reported that Ramaphosa said Israel’s actions are a violation of international law as he also called for peaceful negotiations.
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