Only dialogue can stop Gaza war - De Klerk

2014-07-29 16:56

Johannesburg - Former president FW de Klerk on Tuesday said the only way the fighting in the Middle East could stop was through dialogue.

"What is happening there is tragic. I believe that the only way out of it is through negotiations," he said at the Maropeng Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, where imprints of his feet were made in clay.

"We have learnt in South Africa after centuries of conflict, after decades of growing conflict that the only way to end conflict is for past enemies to sit around the table and talk to each other."

De Klerk said both sides had to make initiatives that would lead to peace prevailing.

AP reported that the fighting between the two nations has killed over 1 085 Palestinians, 52 Israeli soldiers and three civilians on the Israeli side.

De Klerk gave an example of the initiatives that were taken in SA that eventually led to the end of apartheid and smooth transition into democracy.

"Two initiatives launched the negotiations in South Africa. The initiatives I announced on 2 February 1990 and then the initiatives by Madiba to say we suspend the armed struggle," he said.

De Klerk said the two initiatives set the stage for meaningful and, in the end, successful negotiations and such initiatives were needed in the Middle East.

"We need the issue of borders to be addressed in a meaningful way and Israel needs to take initiative in that regard to my mind. We need from the Palestinian side recognition of the right of the state of Israel to exist.

"If those two basic things can be dealt with through initiatives by those who have capacity to take initiative in that regard, it will lay the cloth for meaningful negotiations," he said.


  • Hellava Misty - 2014-07-29 17:06

    Israel unfortunately only has one language, Leave your home, Bomb innocent people, Illegally use DIME and White Phosphorus, if you don't listen, Israel is not held responsible, if you do listen, Hamas probably done something to kill them??

      Henno - 2014-07-29 20:11

      @Janine One can only hope since the rogue Zionist state which calls itself Israel has NO legitimate leg to stand on. They have evicted people from their land and have thrown these people into concentration camps

      TheJaydedKing - 2014-07-30 07:28

      Clearly stupid is a common state of being for you.

  • Wotnext - 2014-07-29 17:11

    FW - The left wingers here were happy for white South Africans to be subsumed, but don't think that means they want it for their own people.

      Voltaire Gee - 2014-07-29 17:26

      You hit the nail on the head

  • James Uknow - 2014-07-29 17:12

    maybe if Sanctions was brought against Israel and America stops funding them ,maybe then will peace have a chance

      Linds Ron-House - 2014-07-29 19:04

      @Leonard, don't you think rockets will stop if Israel withdrew from West Bank (including East Jerusalem) or at the very least stop construction of new settlements on occupied land? Several Hamas leaders are on record saying if Israel returned to 1967 borders then they will declare long term truce.

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-07-29 19:28

      You got to be kidding me

      Gwilym John Howes - 2014-07-29 20:09

      But why should they, Linds?

      Henno - 2014-07-29 20:12

      Yes, but sadly this won't happen, since those Zionist Jews are the bankers of America :D

  • Mohammad Sulaiman - 2014-07-29 17:13

    That is true Mr De Klerk. One man one vote, from the Mediterranean until the Jordan River. Peace for all Jews and Palestinians.

      James Uknow - 2014-07-29 19:06

      does it upset you that no matter what you say you still get thumbs down??

      Derek Bredenkamp - 2014-07-29 20:35

      Well said! But poor James can't count, or make a decent argument.

  • Voltaire Gee - 2014-07-29 17:23

    You would know all about ending war while Eugene de kock rots behind bars, bloody hypocrite.

      Linds Ron-House - 2014-07-29 19:07

      People talk about de Kock all the time, forgetting that there are hundreds of ANC, PAC, IFP, etc. members/fighters still languishing is prison.

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-07-29 19:29

      Linds ok you can talk about them we will talk about de Kock - Happy?

      Derek Bredenkamp - 2014-07-29 20:38

      I just wonder if supporters of De Kocks release also support the death penalty? but we're way off the subject.

      James Uknow - 2014-07-29 22:06

      Eugene de kock should not be in jail ,he should be whipped ,dragged behind a vehicle for at least 5 km and then hung

  • Hola Peeps - 2014-07-29 17:43

    Read the comments from you racist varks sies

  • Kevin Lester - 2014-07-29 17:49

    The only thing that can stop the Gaza war is the weapons of the resistance to inflict a crushing defeat on the zionist economy and its murderous,child killing army!

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-07-29 19:30

      Ha ha will never happen

      Gwilym John Howes - 2014-07-29 20:03

      The OTHER thing to stop the war is to bulldoze Gaza into the sea along with the 'human' filth living there. Turn it into one big kibbutz.

      Kevin Lester - 2014-07-29 20:29

      As you were typing that Audrey news just came in that 5 more child killing IDF cowards sent to HeLL!

  • Nhlahla David - 2014-07-29 17:53

    The rised of the dead man, are you back in the game of politics Mr De klerk ?

      kevern.upton - 2014-07-29 18:52

      I hope not, there nothing left to give away.

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-07-29 19:31

      Heaven forbid

  • rudi.robinson - 2014-07-29 18:27

    Onder watse klip het jy nou wee geklim dink jy moet ma eerder wee gan wegkruip my ipad se screen het nou net gekraak

  • niel.bruwer.5 - 2014-07-29 18:32

    You should be in jail FW.

      Gwilym John Howes - 2014-07-29 20:04

      Or dead.

  • Matthys Swart - 2014-07-29 18:37

    Kreukel gevreet, bly uit politiek. Jy dink nie verder as wat die kortste haar op jou kop groei nie. Satan vertel jou wat jy moet doen en jy luister virhom.

  • Matthys Swart - 2014-07-29 18:42

    De Klerk, aangesien jy so n intelligente slim versiende "politikus" is Gaan onderhandel met jou vroutjie se mense in Griekeland, en kyk hoe jy daar gaan uitkom.

  • Neville Prinsloo - 2014-07-29 18:57

    Hamas is NOT a nation.

  • Grant Durban - 2014-07-29 19:04

    Are you insane? Would you rather have a civil war of your own?

  • Bennie Smith Snr - 2014-07-29 19:16

    I absolutly agree. Only way to solve problems....quick to listen, slow to speeck and keep anger away.

  • Matshane Seleko - 2014-07-29 19:17

    People may pile up as much criticism as they want on you former pres FW De Klerk,but they'll never change the fact that you also played a role in paving the way for a democratic South Africa.

      kevern.upton - 2014-07-29 19:30

      Democratic, really?

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-07-29 19:32

      Demoratic for certain chosen few individuals yes

      Gwilym John Howes - 2014-07-29 20:06

      Oh he certainly did, the traitor.

      Proudly White - 2014-07-30 08:12

      You people should thank FW more than mandela

  • Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-07-29 19:27

    Sit down clown!!!!!

      Johnny Knoopdenvogel - 2014-07-31 14:01

      I agree 100% with you Audrey !! How can this “LOOSER” still give an opinion on anything???? Makes me vomit every time he tries to say something, obviously he did not get it!!!

  • Sipho Simon Mogale - 2014-07-29 19:34

    True but the war is influenced by USA and Iran on both sides agenda's from way back in times of the bible jews and arabs lived together in peace

  • Gwilym John Howes - 2014-07-29 19:41

    Israel will NEVER take advice from you, you yellow traitor! You betrayed your own people just like you betrayed your wife. You spat on the lives that had been lost in combating the terrorist threat. Today those terrs are the masters of the country. Please God that Israel will NEVER need to take advice from you!

      Gwilym John Howes - 2014-07-30 18:21

      Old tin??? Sorry, but what does that mean? Perhaps my language skills are lacking since I missed the modern outcomes based free edukashien in the lokshien. But what does 'old tin' mean?

  • Makhulu Zulu - 2014-07-29 19:43

    De Klerk has always had a good heart.

  • Abra Dhlamini - 2014-07-29 19:45

    Few De Klerk,sit on table negotiations, centuries in SA. We live on 50yrs it better if the law of apartheid racist,killing innocent people, it did happen,look now what is happened all young white&black of south African fighting because your centuries apartheid racist,do you think those kids they died they will be forgotten those innocent kids No!,the racist will not stop in lsrael & Palestinian.Look what has done to us! we hate each other, for apartheid racist in centuries centuries! It is still continue,

      David Zurnamer - 2014-07-30 17:06

      Consult a decent English teacher, Abra.

  • malachi.kane - 2014-07-29 19:49

    Dialogue? What on earth makes him think Hamas is capable of dialogue? The only dialogue Hamas is capable involves any weapon they can lay their hands on,

  • malachi.kane - 2014-07-29 19:49

    Dialogue? What on earth makes him think Hamas is capable of dialogue? The only dialogue Hamas is capable involves any weapon they can lay their hands on,

  • Warren Beard - 2014-07-29 19:55

    Well said Mr President

  • martie.kruger.94 - 2014-07-29 20:28

    I am so sick of people choosing and playing the hate will never improve situations. We need to let the sun shine over all. Although this goes for all races,I am totally ashamed with some of my own tribe. God have mercy!

      Kokkie de Kock - 2014-07-29 23:16

      And another thing, Phemelo: He also loved the Greek's wife over and above his own wife. Sicko.

  • Roelie Scheepers - 2014-07-29 21:35

    ons moet jou hang vuilgoed

      Proudly White - 2014-07-30 08:14

      Ek is saam met jou!

  • Clydie Cronje - 2014-07-29 21:53

    FW!!! We either love you or hate you, nothing in between.... Both dides make valid points but not all countries have great leaders like you and Madiba!! Most piticians are in leadership positions for personal gain. I salute both both FW and Madida, the only real leaders ever!!!

      Gwilym John Howes - 2014-07-30 18:25

      In the footsteps of great men like Verwoerd and Vorster, De Klerk was a mongrel.

  • Willie Olivier - 2014-07-29 22:25

    De Klerk, kyk waar het jou fialoog hierdie land laat beland! Dis n' gemors!

  • - 2014-07-30 02:21

    It's the same story like South Africa. A white state in Africa. Israel is a white state in the middle East. But at least the Afrikaners never dropped bombs or fired rockets into Soweto or Transkei. Thank god they weren't genocidal maniacs.

  • Nico Swanepoel - 2014-07-30 05:17

    Dialogue!!!!!!!!!! As gevolg van jou "Dialogue" DeKlerk,is ons waar ns is nou. Jy het jou eie land opgeV.. en nou wil jy dit in Gaza gaan doen. VERAAIER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • David Harsant - 2014-07-30 06:48

    "We have learnt in South Africa after centuries of conflict, after decades of growing conflict that the only way to end conflict is for past enemies to sit around the table and talk to each other." That would only work in South Africa. There the Hamas would bring suicide bombers to the table.

      David Harsant - 2014-07-30 16:19

      obviously not dragord, but i was referring to an even worse state than ours. Talks that "worked" for south africa at the end of apartheid wont help Israel or Palestine as Palestinians have a death wish for all Israeli's

  • Peter Matome - 2014-07-30 07:26

    Mr De klerk is a true leader,take his advice and you will see the fruits of negotiations.He gave a typical example of the beautiful land of South Africa of which now everyone want to visit.

  • Jan Potgieter - 2014-07-30 08:04

    My Father Was A Hero and De Klerk is My Father. True hero, understood the spirit of Ubuntu, understood we are all equal under the sun. Even Jesus was labeled and called names. Judgement day is coming and De Klerk you have your place on the other side. ANGELS ARE WATCHING YOU

      Proudly White - 2014-07-30 08:16

      Waar kom jy vandaan?

      Gwilym John Howes - 2014-07-30 18:43

      Oh FFS! Really, have you considered pills?

      Gwilym John Howes - 2014-07-30 18:45

      Yes, he does have his place 'on the other side' and don't be surprised if it is not upstairs...

  • Proudly White - 2014-07-30 08:26

    Is it just me or does this old cheese head thinks he can arbitrate in the middle east. He thinks he negotiated a peaceful handover in SA, when you give someone something for free they don't fight over it! They just take it and run and usually just ruin it! FW thinks he circumvented conflict in SA, well old chap, the real conflict is still to come.

  • Jenny Anderson - 2014-07-30 08:27

    There will NEVER be peace in that region, go back in history the answers are all there, the history book is the BIBLE

      Proudly White - 2014-07-30 08:40

      You are so right, and where ever God's chosen people spread to over the globe for a better life that same evil follows them and threatens their existence

  • Tauriq Hercules - 2014-07-30 12:50

    Who the hell is FW DE KLERK????

      Gwilym John Howes - 2014-07-30 18:46


  • Johnny Knoopdenvogel - 2014-07-31 13:59

    How can this “LOOSER” still give an opinion on anything???? Makes me vomit every time he tries to say something, obviously he did not get it!!!

  • Jurgen Hartmann - 2014-08-08 17:09

    De Klerk has no room to talk, being the biggest traitor in Afrikaans history.

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