The ANC government has only itself to blame for relations with Israel has soured for various reasons, such as double standards, that Dr. Blade Nzimande, minister of higher education has been refused a visa to enter this country, Adv. Anton Alberts, the FF Plus’ parliamentary spokesperson on international affairs says.
Adv. Alberts says the ANC government’s choosing sides in a complex struggle between Israel and the Palestinian people, his interference in the domestic affairs of Israel and the restriction on the free movement of government officials between Israel and South Africa, has without a doubt played a big role in the decision of Israel to refuse Nzimande a visa.
He said it remains double standards when the ANC openly acts hostile toward Israel and accuse that country of apartheid and racism, but nothing was said when president Mugabe had launched his racist land program and recently blatantly said that he did not want to see a white face.
“Nzimande himself has asked for an academic boycott against Israel and is now surprised that Israel is boycotting him. If you want to hand out punches in international politics, you must be ready to receive punches back.
“The FF Plus, as an advocator of self-determination, also wishes the Palestinian people to exercise their right to self-determination. That is why the party is of the opinion that the two-state option is a solution for the problems between Israel and the Palestinian people.
“The South African government should refrain from one-sided action in a complex problem which falls far outside of our sphere of interest,” Adv. Alberts says.
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