Israel South Africa Agreement

South Africa stated that while the United Arab Emirates has a sovereign right to establish diplomatic relations with the Israeli government, it is regrettable that it did so on the basis of another agreement that deals with the fate of the Palestinian people, without involving the Palestinian people. The documents confirm reports of former South African naval commander Dieter Gerhardt, who was jailed for spying for the Soviet Union in 1983. After his liberation with the collapse of apartheid, Gerhardt said there was an agreement between Israel and South Africa, called Chalet, which included an offer from the Jewish state to arm eight Jericho missiles with “special warheads.” Gerhardt said they were atomic bombs. But for now, there is no documentary evidence of the offer. The agreement also stated that neither side could unilaterally renounce it. While the United Arab Emirates has the sovereign right to establish diplomatic relations with the Government of Israel, it is regrettable that it did so on the basis of another agreement that deals with the fate of the Palestinian people, without involving the Palestinian people. Most countries in the world have called for an end to the threat of annexation of the West Bank, as this would be contrary to international law. Instead, the agreement of three countries, the United States, the United Arab Emirates and Israel, provides that a temporary suspension of the annexation should be hailed as a diplomatic breakthrough. However, the agreement does not require Israel to put an end to plans to extend Israeli sovereignty over the Palestinian territories and its people. Nor does the agreement require the Israeli government to negotiate according to internationally agreed parameters. The “top secret” minutes of meetings of senior officials of the two countries in 1975 show that South Africa`s defence minister, PW Botha, responded to the warheads and Shimon Peres, then Israel`s defence minister and now president, proposed “in three sizes.” The two men also signed a wide-ranging agreement on military relations between the two countries, which contained a clause stating that “the existence of this agreement” should remain secret.

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.┬áMandela reaffirmed his unwavering opposition to Israeli control of the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, the Golan Heights and southern Lebanon.