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Israel Delays Sending Its New Ambassador to South Africa

Israel is delaying sending its new Ambassador to South Africa. Ronni Milo, Deputy Foreign Minister, said that Israel has not yet decided when the new Ambassador would take up his post in Pretoria. Israel’s current Ambassador, Eliahu Lankin, is to end his term and return to Israel at the end of October.

The delay in naming a new envoy was not officially linked to Israel’s criticism of apartheid. Premier Shimon Peres told the Cabinet last Sunday that the government of Israel “unconditionally disassociates itself from South Africa’s apartheid government. The State of the Jewish people will not accept discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion or any other grounds.”