The Democratic Alliance (DA) has reiterated its stance on the Israel-Palestine conflict, saying that serious negotiations need to take place to ensure a two state solution to the matter. They have also called for an end to the escalating violence in the region and an immediate return to peace.
This comes eight days into a deadly Israeli offence on the Gaza Strip, that has resulted in the death of 192 Palestinians, most of which are reported to be civilian casualties.
DA Shadow minister of Higher Education and Training, Yusuf Cassim, rejected suggestions the party had been silent throughout the recent flare up in Gaza, insisting the party had already released a statement on the issue. He said the party condemned the collection punishment, and loss of life that were taking place in the region.
“The DA’s position has been unequivocal, and it has been the same as that of the international community and the United Nations. We believe in a two state solution, and we believe in Jerusalem as a shared capital of the Palestinian and Israeli states,” he said.
In reports published on Tuesday, Israeli prime minister Bejamin Netanyahu was quoted as saying the country were not looking to extend full Palestinian sovereignty, and would never relinquish security control of the territory west of of the Jordan River. This was seen by many as an admittance that the Israeli government were not looking to pursue a two-state solution to the issue.
According to Cassim, if Netanyahu’s comments were true, they would be deeply regrettable, and would mean the Israelis were not not serious about a UN resolution, and the stance taken by the international community.
He said there were numerous barriers at present that were preventing a solution to the crisis from taking place, and suggested that if Israeli were not open to discussing a two state solution, then there needed to be some serious thoughts about the people of that region.
Cassim also called on locals to come out in their numbers for a mass march being organised by the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) in solidarity with the people of Gaza.
“We hope the entire community is able to come out and call for peace and solidarity. I myself hope to be there as well,” he said. VOC (Mubeen Banderker)