“A very dangerous situation is developing in neighbouring Mozambique, yet our government has said and done very little to bring peace to the area, or to prepare for a possible influx of refugees should the situation worsen,” said ACDP president Rev Kenneth Meshoe in Parliament yesterday.
Speaking in the budget vote: international relations, he said: “President Ramaphosa, on the other hand, has written a letter about the current Middle East crisis. In it he says, “intractable conflicts can only be solved through peaceful negotiation”, but takes sides and refuses to condemn the more than 3 500 rockets that have been fired from Gaza onto Israeli densely populated residential areas, to maim and kill as many innocent women and children as possible.
“The ACDP’s condolences goes to the families of the more than 200 victims of the current violence in both Palestine and Israel. We find it hypocritical that some from the International community, including South Africa, would condemn Israel for using their air power in response to the thousands of rockets fired by Hamas and their associates into Israel. Why are they refusing to condemn Hamas for their aggression? The ACDP condemns such hypocrisy. We would also like to affirm Israel’s right to defend herself against any foreign aggression, and to live within safe and secure borders.
“Taking the Palestinian’s side in the conflict will never bring peace to the Middle East – it will only prolong and increase the violence. It also disqualifies South Africa from being a credible mediator in the conflict. The fact is, ladies and gentlemen, that nobody can destroy Israel while the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is alive. He said that no weapon formed against Israel His people shall prosper.”
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