On Monday the government announced it would recall SA’s diplomats from Tel Aviv for consultation amid the Israeli military campaign in Gaza. Simultaneously, it is expected to step up pressure on Israel’s ambassador to SA by scolding him for his public remarks.

These steps, part of a diplomatic arsenal to communicate displeasure to a foreign government, show that Pretoria is both running out of patience and next moves in this protracted conflict started on October 7 by a surprise air, sea and land assault on southern Israel by Hamas...

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