Ebrahim gives Israel no credit

2012-08-18 13:19

Rowan Polovin
Bantry Bay

Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Ebrahim Ismail Ebrahim recently told City Press that South Africa should “scale down” its economic links to the country (“Ebrahim cautions against Israel”, City Press, August 12).

Furthermore, all South Africans are advised by the honourable deputy minister not to visit Israel except in relation to the peace process. This suggests that he won’t be travelling to the country any time soon.

Too bad for the Honourable Ebrahim, as he is missing out on the lessons and experience of a thriving multicultural democracy.

But never mind, our deputy minister and his cohorts can unwittingly enjoy all the benefits of Israel from his comfortable armchair in Pretoria.

He no doubt makes use of a cellphone when he is out and about locally and abroad.

The first cellphone was developed by Motorola in Israel.

I’m sure the minister and his staff use a PC to scribble out rhetoric or play solitaire when nobody’s looking.

Well, the first Intel processor chip was designed and developed in Israel.

Perhaps he uses Microsoft software, which has many components that come out of the Microsoft R&D centre in Israel.

Ebrahim likely shares documents and pictures of his non-Israeli trips on a flash disk, which, yet again, is an Israeli invention.

Or perhaps the honourable deputy minister makes use of the internet to send emails or browse the Web, which relies extensively on Cisco pipes developed in Israel.

We hope that our deputy minister has not been to the hospital too often but, if he has, Ebrahim has no doubt been given a treatment or undergone a diagnostic procedure that has been partly developed and influenced by Israelis.

If he knows someone with multiple sclerosis, Gaucher’s disease, or many other diseases and ailments, it is probable that this person is on medication that in some way has been researched and developed in Israel.

And I haven’t even spoken about the numerous advances in chemistry, physics, optics, agriculture, biotechnology, economics and so forth that have most likely had a direct or indirect influence on the honourable deputy minister.

It seems that the only way to heed our honourable deputy minister’s astute remarks is to return to the Stone Age. Too bad Israel hasn’t invented a time machine.

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