Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that government will be downgrading South Africa's embassy in Israel.
The president said that this was part of a move to demonstrate solidarity with Palestinians.
Ramaphosa explained to Parliament that the move was driven by Israel's treatment of Palestinians, along with the fact that Israel had failed to enter into further negotiations regarding a two-state solution, according to Eyewitness News.
This follows reports of an upsurge in the conflict in the region.
Ramaphosa said that downgrading the embassy would be a way for South Africa to put pressure on the Israeli government.
However, he did not say when the move would be implemented.
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