"We Jews understand implicitly the struggle for freedom which Nelson Mandela led here. For us, Zionism is the national liberation movement of the Jewish people."
During his official visit to South Africa, MFA Director General Dr. Dore Gold honored the memory of Nelson Mandela by visiting his home in Soweto. Signing the guest book he wrote: "We Jews understand implicitly the struggle for freedom which Nelson Mandela led here. For us, Zionism is the national liberation movement of the Jewish people."
In Soweto he also met with South African students at Witswaterrand Univeristy and addressed the deepening of the ties between the two countries: "As Israel continues to upgrade its dialogue with South Africa it is essential that both countries deepen their understandings of each other’s narrative."
DG Dr. Gold amet with Christian leaders in South Africa. Luba Mayekiso, founder of the Africa for Israel Christian Coalition said: "What excites us the most is the potential between our two countries. Israel has solutions for the challenges that South Africa faces today and as religious leaders we can effect change and we know what is in the hearts of the people of South Africa."
Gold remarked: "What I continue to find in South Africa is warm hearts. The people of South Africa want to partner with Israel. We are coming back to Africa and we are excited about the potential."
MFA DG Gold with South African youth at Mandela House, Soweto
MFA DG Gold with South African students at Witswaterrand Univeristy
MFA DG Gold with Christian leaders in South Africa