South African diplomat back in Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, July 20, 2010

The South African ambassador to Israel is to resume duties in Tel Aviv nearly two months after he was recalled following the flotilla clash.

Ambassador Ismail Coovadia was pulled out of Israel by his government in the wake of the fighting on the Gaza-bound ship on May 31. Turkey also recalled its ambassador in protest.

The South African Foreign Ministry acknowledged that the Israeli army has already investigated the events of May 31 but called for a “prompt, impartial, credible and transparent” probe.

They also called for Israel to end the blockade of Gaza.

Last updated: 1:51pm, July 20 2010