SA accepted the presidency of the UN Security Council for October. This offered a unique opportunity for the country to lead the international arena with courage, boldness and moral clarity. Sadly, SA squandered the moment at the UN Security Council open debate on the situation in the Middle East.

International relations & co-operation minister Naledi Pandor used the platform to repeat tired, unfounded and cliched arguments against Israel. In so doing SA missed the chance to focus on the real issues and faultlines of the Middle East and failed millions of people across the region suffering decades of oppression, violence and conflict, radicalism, dictatorships and totalitarian regimes. The minister’s harangue against Israel was not aimed at bettering the lives of the Palestinians or promoting peace in the region but was simply designed to single out, isolate and berate the Jewish state. ..

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