The South African government has welcomed the ceasefire brokered by Egypt between Palestine and Israel following the two days of Israel’s aerial attacks on Gaza.
The latest flare-up was the worst since the 50-day conflict in 2014.
“We call for maximum restraint and express the hope that there will be no renewed escalation in Gaza or in any of the occupied Palestinian territories.
“We reiterate our view that there can be no military solution to the Palestine-Israel conflict,” said the Department of International Relations and Cooperation.
The department said the goodwill displayed by both parties to ceasefire is a positive and welcome development that should serve as a catalyst in resuming the long-stalled Middle East Peace Process (MEPP), leading to a two-State solution, with the people of the State of Israel living in peace and harmony with the people of an independent, sovereign Palestinian State based on the 4 June 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its Capital. – SAnews.gov.za