South African Government Statement on Attacks in Gaza
- The South African government condemns the attacks and counter- attacks in Gaza
during which seven Palestinian civilians were killed by the Israeli Defence Force
and twelve Israeli soldiers wounded by Palestinian militants.
Pahad said, "violence begets violence and in that context there will be no
military solution to the current challenges facing Israel and Palestine. Such
acts cannot deliver the peace and security yearned for by both Palestinians and
The South African government urges both parties to desist
from engaging in activities that would impact negatively on the creation of the
climate for the forthcoming Palestinian elections and undermine the prospect for
peace and security for the peoples of both Palestine and Israel.
African government urges both sides to commit themselves to the roadmap as the
only viable option for the creation of a long lasting peace and security for the
peoples of Palestine and Israel.
Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853
Department of Foreign Affairs
Private Bag X152