Israel risks becoming an apartheid, warns ex South African president

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Israel risks becoming an apartheid, warns ex South African president

Former South African President F.W. de Klerk
Former South African President F.W. de Klerk


Former South African President F.W. de Klerk
Former South African President F.W. de Klerk

South Africa’s last president under apartheid rule, F.W. de Klerk, has suggested that Israel risks a similar system if it does not reach a peace deal with the Palestinians.

De Klerk, who shared a Nobel Prize with Nelson Mandela in 1993 for negotiating an end to decades of state-sponsored racial discrimination, appeared to echo the recent warning of senior US diplomat John Kerry and others.

“The test will be if everybody living in a unitary state has full political rights? Will everybody enjoy their full human rights? If they will, it’s not an apartheid state.”

He added: “There will come in Israel a turning point where if the main obstacles at the moment which exist to a successful two-state solution are not removed, the two-state solution will become impossible.” 

The comments were aired late last week on Israel’s Channel 2, which covered de Klerk’s Israel visit, during which he received an honourary degree.

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