Shoe’s on the other foot now
Calling Israel apartheid state ‘unfair’
South African Ambassador to Israel Sisa Ngombane, addressed the following e-mail to the FW de Klerk Foundation’s Brenda Steyn last Wednesday:
“I attended the ceremony last night at Haifa University and had an honour to listen to former President De Klerk make his acceptance speech (De Klerk was in Israel receiving an honorary doctorate from the University of Haifa – Ed). This speech was very timely following days after Pope Francis’ visit.
“The South African mission in Israel would like to circulate the speech as widely as possible as it highlights key aspects of conflict resolution.”
Brenda Steyn promptly responded:
“Dear Ambassador Ngombane, thank you for your e-mail. I will speak to Mr De Klerk tomorrow and will then inform him of the e-mail. Please find attached a copy of Mr De Klerk’s speech, as requested.”
Ambassador Ngombane in turn forwarded the speech to SAJR Online which has been uploaded as a PDF document to allow users the convenience of being able to download it, print it and forward it.
FW warns Israel not to fall into apartheid trap
South Africa’s last president under white rule has suggested that Israel risks “heading toward apartheid” if it does not reach a peace deal with the Palestinians.
De Klerk was in Israel receiving an honorary doctorate from the University of Haifa.
In an interview aired Tuesday on Israeli Channel 2 TV, De Klerk said calling Israel an apartheid state now was “unfair”.
“The test will be, (does) everybody living then in such a unitary state, will everybody have full political rights?” De Klerk said. “Will everybody enjoy their full human rights? If they will, it’s not an apartheid state.”
He added: “There will come in Israel a turning point where if the main obstacles at the moment which exist to a successful two-state solution are not removed, the two-state solution will become impossible.”