EDITORIAL: Don’t shut down our remaining channels
We urge MPs to vote against the closure of the Israeli embassy because we believe peace in the Middle East is worth our time
Today, MPs are due to vote on the motion brought by Julius Malema’s EFF for the Israeli embassy to be closed. The governing ANC is expected to soften the text to ask for a temporary closure of the embassy until Tel Aviv agrees to a ceasefire and negotiated settlement of the Gaza conflict.
This newspaper has no vote to cast today. But it has a vested interest in our country’s diplomatic relations with the world, and is interested in the peaceful coexistence of Israelis and Palestinians. We support the two-state solution to the conflict. Since October 7, we have unequivocally condemned the violence and urged a quick return to negotiations...