06 December 2012 | AFP |
The government has summoned Israel’s ambassador in protest against his government’s decision to build 3 000 new settlement homes on the West Bank.
Deputy Minister of international relations Ebrahim Ebrahim said they had to do this to show how concerned they are about the buildings.
He said the move is in line with similar action taken in Britain, France and Germany, and South Africa’s ambassador in Israel will convey the same message to the government there.
Israel has faced a storm of criticism over the plans, which critics say will isolate East Jerusalem and threaten the territory of a future Palestine state.
The government has warned further settlement building in the West Bank will seriously undermine the two-state solution.
South Africa expressed its concern about Israel’s plan to “withhold $100m of Palestinian tax revenue”.
Pretoria also expressed growing frustration about the waning status of the Middle East peace process.
Days earlier, England, France, Denmark, Spain and Sweden summoned their ambassadors in protests of Israels illegal construction in the west bank.
Germany, Russia, and even its close ally the US has urged Israel not to go ahead with its plans.