The ACDP welcomes the opportunity presented by the recalling of South African diplomats from Tel Aviv to consult government on the current war between Israel and Palestine. We believe it is important that South Africans be truthfully informed regarding recent developments in the Middle East.
It is a known fact that this war, where many innocent lives have and continue to be lost, was started by Hamas when Hamas abducted, raped, paraded and killed innocent people.
South Africa did not condemn their actions but, when Israel responded to these atrocious acts, this government was quick to condemn their actions.
The International Community is fully aware that Hamas does not recognise the State of Israel and wants the state annihilated. During the 1967 Arab League Summit that was help on the 29th August in Khartoum, the summit took a resolution that became famous as the ‘Three Noes’: no peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, no negotiation with Israel. So, how does one then broker a peace settlement with somebody who does not acknowledge your existence?
House Chairperson, it is no secret that Hamas uses places like hospitals and other …