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South Sudan vows to establish embassy in Jerusalem and not Tel Aviv: report

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August 29, 2011 (WASHINGTON) – The president of the newly established state of South Sudan told a visiting Israeli delegation that their future embassy in the Jewish state will be built in the disputed city of Jerusalem rather than in the political capital of Tel Aviv, according to a newspaper report.

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South Sudan president Salva Kiir (R) and Israeli MP Danny Danon (JP)

Danny Danon, Israeli member of Likud Party and Parliament member, is currently on a visit to South Sudan capital of Juba where he met with president Salva Kiir.

The ‘Jerusalem Post’ newspaper quoted Kiir as telling the visiting delegation that his country resisted Arab and Palestinian pressure on relations with Israel.

“I told them that I see Israeli embassies in Jordan and Egypt, and South Sudan is not an Arab state,” Kiir reportedly told Danon.

South Sudan became an independent state last month after its citizens voted overwhelmingly in favour of separation from the Arab-Muslim dominated north.

Many Sudanese and Arabs see Israel as complicit in breaking up Sudan and supporting the separatist rebel movements that emerged in South Sudan since Sudan became independent in 1956.

Israel quickly recognised South Sudan and its Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke on the phone with Kiir in July promising his country’s assistance in areas of infrastructure, communications and agriculture.

Danon renewed this offer in his talks with South Sudan officials including Industry and Trade Minister, Foreign Minister and Finance Minister.

The Israeli MP specifically discussed ways South Sudan can work with Israel, pointing out that the new state has oil, gold, silver, lead, copper and other resources.

“Israel’s technological wealth and South Sudan’s wealth of natural resources are a sure recipe for prosperity in both states,” Danon said.

South Sudan president also agreed to Danon’s request that the future South Sudanese embassy in Israel be built in Jerusalem and also pledged to pay a visit to Israel at an unspecified date.

The status of Jerusalem — a city holy to three religions — is a sensitive issue for Israel as well as Arab and Muslim states.

Israel considers the city to be its "eternal and indivisible” capital city while Palestinians want the eastern part of Jerusalem to serve as the capital of a Palestinian state.

Even the United States, Israel’s staunchest ally, has been careful not to aggravate the Arab and Muslim states by avoiding making any official sign that it recognises Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state.

The US Congress passed a law in 1995 describing Jerusalem as capital of Israel and saying it should not be divided, but successive presidents have used their foreign policy powers to maintain the US embassy in Tel Aviv and to back negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians on the status of Jerusalem.

US diplomats say that, despite the US legislation, Washington’s foreign policy is in practice broadly aligned with that of the United Nations and other major powers, which do not view Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and do not recognise Israel’s annexation of Arab East Jerusalem following the 1967 war.

Kiir’s position contrasts sharply with South Sudan’s pledge a few weeks ago that it will support Palestinian statehood bid at the United Nations next month. The move is strongly opposed by Israel.

Israel is home to thousands of Sudanese refugees, including hundreds from South Sudan, and the country’s independence was greeted with celebration parties in Tel Aviv, home to much of Israel’s Sudanese community.

Danon noted the presence of Southern Sudanese in Israel and suggested that Tel Aviv will help in repatriating them.

“The Sudanese people have undergone ups and downs, but its luck has improved with the establishment of a new, civilized state,” Danon said.

“The world must help rehabilitate the Sudanese people and support the refugees who left families and homes behind by helping them return safely to their new state.”

Kiir asked Danon to promote vocational training for Sudanese refugees in Israel, so they could successfully return to their homeland.

On Tuesday, Danon plans to meet with former refugees who returned to South Sudan after working in Israel.

Danon said he intends to discuss with them ways to streamline the process of sending refugees from Israel after vocational training.

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  • 30 August 2011 06:58, by Khartoum92

    It seems like Israel is getting tired of South Sudanese infesting its country and looking for ways to direct them back to the south, smart move by israel. What country did they go to and not act savage

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    • 30 August 2011 07:10, by Aarai Baka

      Northern sudanese seen Isreal as an enemy but they cannot stand fighting Isreal, they just run their mouths like little bitch bewteen men. just look at this one calling himself Khartoum2. Southern Sudanese are not infesting Jews State at all.

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    • 30 August 2011 07:55, by Dr. Rightway

      Someone like u who doesn’t understand politic does not undertand the text. The reasons is not Isreal getting tired of South Sudanese living there but how to benefit from our abandone resources...
      Dr. Rightway...peace upon the peaceful...

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    • 30 August 2011 08:25, by Diu J.Kuek

      Welcome to the both Governments of Israel and The Republic of South Sudan to have a tire relationship.Nothing can prevent South Sudan to establish its Mission in Jerusalem no question for promoting our long historical relations with Israel.
      Upto Khartoum Govt let them say what they want to say we are out of terrorists groups so called Arabs League.

      Thank Mr President Kiir to keep us close with old democratics Nations such as United States of America and the rests of the World like Israel its a good moved go ahead we are behind you.

      We the people of South Sudan at this critical time we need the Leaders having a long term policy because there are tough jobs is a head of us; Abyei problem,Southern Kordofan and Southern Blue Nile need to be solve through methodologically strategy.
      Time has not gone we are still having ability to solve whatever we need base on our National interest.

      May God Bless the people of South Sudan.

      Diu J.Kuek

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    • 30 August 2011 10:15, by Madit

      You Khartoum2 do you really know what you are talking about, you stop putting your dirty words in to our clean mouths we are not like you people. You people feel bad because of our rich soil you should have to know that it is not bought in super market, you shut up your mouths.

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    • 30 August 2011 11:18, by BATNA

      You (Kharthoum2)are very silly in this planet, who give you this wrong info that Israel is tired of South, although you are still proud of our population in Nuba Mountain, just wait we will be soon with South and your criminal Bashir soon be buried alive or hang.

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  • 30 August 2011 07:01, by Aarai Baka

    Isreal is more welcome to stablished her Embassy in Juba. At my recently visiting Isreal, they are cool people.

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    • 30 August 2011 15:58, by Tong Atak

      I had fun there too, twice infact and on both occasions the Israeli people were very hospitable, polite and welcoming. Good move President Kir.

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  • 30 August 2011 07:03, by Aleu

    There is nothing wrong if South Sudan want to build embassy in Jerusalem, it is part of the Isreal’s nation.

    Sudan regime have been blocking Isreal to have relationship with Khartoum fortunately, the independence for South Sudan has open the chance for Isrealis to rebuilding their relation with young nation in Africa. Isreal also are going to buy oil from South Sudan which is another win win for Isrealis people to make their business with GOSS. There will be no any fear for Isrealis, because Southern Sudanese people are African societies whom 98% of the nation are not buying the Khartoum Ideas and os they are very welcome to South Sudan.

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  • 30 August 2011 07:59, by Madingthith

    That is a good move to have embassy in Holy city of Jerusalem instead of Tel Aviv.

    Thank for that initiatives.

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    • 30 August 2011 18:36, by Manyang

      Madingthith be informend there is no holy place in this world. If there is one, it will be the place you were born. Our focus should be south Sudan. South Sudan is our holy place. Do not rely on fabricated holy places that you read from historical books. thanks. By manyang Deng

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  • 30 August 2011 08:14, by acuil deng

    As "South Sudan" is establishing political relations with the "Jewish State" and, is opening up to the "only democracy in the Middle East". Africa’s newest nation will benefit politically, economically and militarily. Israel is most welcome in the Republic Of South Sudan (ROSS).

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    • 30 August 2011 08:49, by pabaak

      Does somebody in Middle East say we shouldn’t have relation with Israeli because we are Arab country, Hah, Haa, Haa, this is laughable. They still don’t even understand that Sudan as a whole is not an Arab country, its important to have relations with Israeli because we have some common in the history, the suffering of their people resemble our suffering, its good we learn from each other, and of course Jew state has experience then we do, so it will be incredibly important to benefits from their experience.

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      • 12 January 2012 17:34, by josephina-sudaneeya

        Well said. I just hope that Israel will be interested in the comeplete well being of South Sudan. And to who ever will do business with us we have to be careful from anyone using our rich resources. Insha2allah may the light of the truth shine on the darkness of the corruption so ALL the Sudanese be treated as DESERVING HUMANS; no more genocide, self-war and other unfair crimes. Amen.

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  • 30 August 2011 08:30, by Dinkawarrior

    We welcome you in the names of our lord Jesus Christ!

    Thanks you Mr. President for your active response, it is right to build relationship with Jews and it is always right to build South Sudan Embassy in Jerusalem.

    We all know that Jerusalem is not only a capital city of Jews but also a Holy city of all Christians.
    No doubt in our minds that our association with Israel and United States will be much stronger than any other counties!

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    • 30 August 2011 19:15, by Manyang

      Dinkawarrior be informed Jews are not christians. Also be informed there is no holy place on this world. If there is any, it is the place you were bornt. Stop relying on fabricated historical books. Our focus must be south sudan. It is only south sudan that is dear to us.

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  • 30 August 2011 08:58, by akot

    i don’t understand, what kind of vocational training president kiir was talking about.am a one of southern sudanese refugee in Israel, and i need that training course because i want to go back to south Sudan.
    thanks president Kiir. the independent of South Sudan will change our reputation in Israel

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    • 30 August 2011 10:02, by Madit

      That is great President Kiir, it is good to my friendship with Israel than our confused traders who are now looking for other ways of making you agree with them and later on they will establish their faking business and they will telling our children that South Sudan is their homeland like what they did in past. this is time to learn from past President stop short term plan.

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      • 30 August 2011 12:07, by Akot makuei

        Yes president Kiir this is my first time to see your teeths you better laugh to christians tnen Arabs thanks you
        may God bless south sudan and israels so that they may stand firm and face arabs.

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  • 30 August 2011 14:28, by Tambura

    That was the best move Mr. president , Arabs jarabs . Israel is the best country in agriculture and we have land. I used to tell Arabs that the first country we will have relationship with will be Israel, they stand by our side from day one they were the first country to help us with guns. Arabs like it or not we are not Arabs and we will stand behind you sir. Now I can just bring my friends from Israel, what a beautiful day.

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    • 30 August 2011 14:40, by mohammed ali

      Coungratulation , it is your country and you have the full right to choose your friends. Nobody is questioning that and nobody is bothered with that!

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      • 30 August 2011 20:12, by akot

        thanks mahammed alli, you the best among them.

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      • 31 August 2011 09:20, by Madit

        Thank so much Mohammed Ali, it is good that you know our differences may you tell your fellow brothers to mind their own business because this is difference country we are no longer one country.

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  • 30 August 2011 15:02, by Brainy

    With open arms we welcome Israel to South Sudan. This means more than the likes of stupid Khartoum2 can comprehend. The Republic of South Sudan is daring to build her embassy in Jerusalem (not Tel Aviv) due to the fact that Israel has accepted to establish hers in ABEI.

    Khartoum2, you should instead turn your laughter into a bitch cry.

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  • 30 August 2011 18:29, by Manyang

    Our president should be careful when making any political statement that will affect our new country. Our president must know that our new nation must make friendship with any nation in the world. It is politically unwise for our president to vow to establish our embassy in the disputed city of jerusalem rather Tel Aviv. This unwise political statement will affect our relationship with friendly countries in Arab world. There is nothing special that we will get from the Jewish state of about 6 million that we cannot get from the Arabs nations of over 300 millions people

    Our president must equip himself with the dirty politic of middle east before making any immature political statement. it is good to have good relations with only the Jewish state on the face of this planet. It is even more important to have greater relationship with over 20 countries of the world. President Kiir must know that we have a parliament that is suppose to deal with political issues that are likely to have wider political implications.

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    • 30 August 2011 18:43, by Dinkawarrior

      Mayany
      You better shut up buddy!
      How many years have we been suffering in their hands? And they tell us that you can travel to any countries except Israel! What the hell with being a good friend with Israel?
      Let them go to hell!!!!!!!!!

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    • 30 August 2011 19:58, by MINDED.DUDE

      Mr.manyang,
      you are very smart and intelligent person to detect the wrong term that our president using especially when it comes to deal foreign and diplomatic relationship.
      The word ""VOW" is Not good term to use here when trying to established embassy in anywhere in the world.

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    • 31 August 2011 09:31, by Madit

      Mr.manyang, i know you are very wise man but i wish you may mind you business if you don.t know what to do. sorry brother i would like to ask you a question. which bush were you brought up from? I hope you grew up from North Sudan not in this South of ours

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  • 30 August 2011 19:09, by Manyang

    Dinkawarrior or whatever your name might be call. Stop dwelling in the past. We suffered in the hands of consecutive regimes in Khartuom but not in the hands of arabs. I have no problem with our country having good relations with Isreal but I object our president to be blindly drag into middle eastern dirty politics. We have more to gain as a country by having good relations with both the arab countries and the only Jewish state on this planet. What our president had done is politically unwise and immature. we do not need to put off arabs countries because we need them and the rest of the world to invest in our country. Thanks

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  • 30 August 2011 19:37, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    Dangerou Zone Embassy ideas is too bad ideas.

    why would the president vow to build Embassy in dangerous Zone rather than save place Tel-Aviv. Instead to vow to fight the securities issues together would be better the Idea.

    African are like the fly that just fly into fire of cooking meat soup alway. Kiir alway put people in trapped atmosphere. Embassy needs save place,not in Dangerous Zone where conflict alway flare up in Town.

    Nguetbuny

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    • 31 August 2011 04:00, by MINDED.DUDE

      The president can Vows:
      >to fight corruption.
      >to fight insecurity.
      >to food security
      >to fight ilitracy.

      All above mentioned problems have to be"Vow" and eliminate them once for good.
      SO if you vowed to established the embassy in jerusalem and Israel says "NO" What are you going to do?
      Building the embassy in jerusalem does not mean we are closed to God.

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