Israel has decided to recall its ambassador, Eliav Belotserkovsky, from South Africa for consultations. This move comes as South Africa is preparing to host a world leaders’ summit and a vote on whether or not to close the Israeli embassy and sever diplomatic ties. The recall was prompted by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s criticism of Israel’s actions in Gaza.
South Africa has been vocal in denouncing Israel’s bombardment of Gaza and has even referred the matter to the International Criminal Court, accusing Israel of war crimes and possible genocide. In response, Israel has decided to recall its ambassador to discuss the situation.
The South African government has long drawn parallels between the treatment of Palestinians under Israeli occupation and the apartheid system that was in place in South Africa from 1948 to 1994. The recent conflict between Israel and Hamas has further fueled this narrative.
South Africa plans to vote on a motion to close Israel’s embassy, which will take effect until Israel agrees to a ceasefire in Gaza and allows for UN-mediated negotiations. This motion is expected to receive support from the ruling African National Congress party as well as other smaller parties.
Additionally, South Africa is preparing to host a virtual summit with the BRICS nations, which include Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. The summit will discuss the situation in Gaza, and leaders from Russia, India, and China are expected to attend. Russian President Vladimir Putin, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Chinese President Xi Jinping have all expressed their opinions on the conflict.
The conflict in Gaza has also attracted attention from other countries, such as Iran, Egypt, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. These nations will also participate in the BRICS summit in January.
As the international community continues to grapple with the crisis in Gaza, leaders from various countries are expected to deliver statements on the humanitarian situation. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will chair this meeting, and a joint statement is likely to be issued afterwards.
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