Israel South Africa Agreement

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Israel urged the current South African government not to declassify the documents received from Polakov-Suransky. “The Israeli Defense Ministry tried to block my access to the Secment agreement on the grounds that it was sensitive material, including the signature and date,” he said. “South Africans seemed to care; They blacked out a few lines and gave it to me. The ANC government is not so concerned about the protection of the dirty laundry of former allies of the apartheid regime. Nelson Mandela first visited Israel and the Palestinian territories in 1999 after handing over the presidency of South Africa to Thabo Mbeki. He had not received an invitation from Israel before. [70] He met with Israeli and Palestinian leaders such as Ehud Barak and Yasser Arafat. He said: “To the many people who have wondered why I came, I say that Israel has worked very closely with the apartheid regime. I say that I have made peace with many men who have slaughtered our men like animals. Israel cooperated with the apartheid regime, but did not participate in atrocities. Mandela reaffirmed his unwavering opposition to Israeli control of the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, the Golan Heights and southern Lebanon.

And he found that after his release from prison in 1990, he received invitations to visit “almost every country in the world except Israel.” [71] [72] A few weeks before Peres Botha made his offer on nuclear warheads, the two defence ministers signed a disguised agreement on the Military Alliance Secment. It was so secret that it implied a denial of one`s own existence: “It is expressly agreed here that the existence of this agreement… be secret and must not be disclosed by any of the parties. Several pro-Palestinian activists in South Africa condemned the agreement and called it a sting in the back of the Palestinian struggle for freedom. On 14 July 1991, four days after the United States ended its economic and cultural sanctions against South Africa, Israel also lifted its sanctions. In their four years, Israel`s trade deficit with South Africa has narrowed to about $750 million. The sanctions did not apply to agreements signed before they were adopted in 1987. Although Israel has always condemned apartheid,[54] [the necessary imputation], it has long been concerned about Israel`s sanctions on international embargoes imposed by the United Nations and third-world-dominated bodies. [55] [dead link] The resumption of open relations no longer included military cooperation. [56] When F. W. de Klerk, then president, visited Israel in November 1991, he participated in negotiations to end apartheid. The Israelis reacted strongly to his statement that there would be “a new constitution” in South Africa, “which we believe should be a constitution that will prevent the rule of any form by a minority, but also the rule by a majority, in the sense that no majority should be able to abuse its power.” During the state visit of Klerk, he and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir agreed to normalize relations.

[54] “The agreement also does not require the Israeli government to negotiate according to internationally agreed parameters,” the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) said in a statement. The documents confirm reports of former South African naval commander Dieter Gerhardt, who was jailed for spying for the Soviet Union in 1983.

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