The ACDP notes the intention of the National Freedom Party (NFP) as expressed in a motion in the National Assembly on Tuesday August 21st, to call on Parliament to action downgrading the South African Embassy in Israel.

Our country has been successfully involved in a number of mediation efforts on the African continent mainly because parties involved in conflicts have accepted South Africa as an unbiased and credible mediator. If the House wants South Africa to retain the respect and image of an unbiased and credible party, then we must reject the NFP’s motion that attempts to coerce our country into taking sides in the Israel/Palestine conflict, which would be detrimental to our standing as credible mediators.

The ACDP rejects this motion in its entirety.


22 August 2018