Zulu King accepts invitation
for an official visit to Israel
By ANT KATZ
“The cat is out of the bag” says Israel’s ambassador to SA, Dov Segev-Steinberg. It is clear that the intention of the SA government is to boycott Israel, he says. But yesterday the ambassador scored a diplomatic coup when the Zulu King accepted an official invitation to visit Israel early in 2013!
In an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with MyShtetl from Durban Wednesday morning, the ambassador proudly crowed that the invitation was made and accepted while he and his deputy, Ya’akov Finkelstein, had been the guests of His Majesty, Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini at kwaNongoma on Tuesday.
The invitation was extended during a visit of ambassador Segev-Steinberg and Finkelstein to the King’s Royal Palace yesterday to celebrate and commemorate the Amazulu Football club’S 80th anniversary (the club was established in 1932).
His Majesty accepted the invitation and vowed to use his official visit to explore ways to intensify the cooperation between South Africa and Israel and especially between the Zulu people and the Israeli people.
The King spoke of his passion for rural development and said he would especially look into new possibilities to cooperate with Israel in the fields of health, agriculture and education amongst other areas of interest for the benefit of the Zulu people.
“He has been to Israel of before,” Segev-Steinberg said today, “but we officially invited him to visit early next year and he has accepted.” The ambassador said he took this as “a sign that Israel still has good friends in this country – friends who are happy and willing to share experiences and ensure love and respect for Israel.”
“The King organised a beautiful reception,” Segev-Steinberg told MyShtetl today. During the ceremony, the ambassador told MyShtetl, the King spoke highly of Israel said paid tribute to the cooperative ventures in KZN.
The news of the Zulu King’s intention to visit Israel next year was lauded by the NFP Leader and mayor of Zululand, Ms Zanele Magwaza- Msibi and the Amazulu team players and fans who gave a standing ovation to His Majesty comments.
Asked about Israeli news reports that he was planning to ask the SA government to clarify its stance, ambassador Segev-Steinberg became more diplomatic and answered: “I don’t want to comment on what I am going to do.” But, he said, his statements in the NATIONAL MEDIA today were in line with Jerusalem’s position.
The quotes the ambassador was referring to included:
• The ambassador said the government had at first insisted that the correct labelling of products was necessary to protect SA consumers. But now it was clear that the intention was to boycott Israel.
• “It is regrettable that this is now the official South African stance towards Israel. Instead of using the South African way of dialogue to promote peace, this is completely the opposite. It enlarges the gap between the two sides and it’s not constructive.”
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