A few decades ago, South Africa worked with Israel to develop their own nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them. This demonstrated not only technical competence but also a good working relationship between two distant and very different nations. But now…
Short form: Israel has been in a drought for some years but due to their skills with water management and desalination the Israelies aren’t suffering major water shortages. Israel offered assistance in that area to South Africa; the leading political party in SA, the ANC, decided instead to seek help from the Iranians. The Israelies sent experts to Cape Town; the mayor and major municipal leaders refused to see them.
You know, I’m not one of those who sees the Jews as “the Chosen People” or any such. My religious views, such as they are, make no such distinctions. But looking back on the last hundred years it’s reasonably clear that establishing anti-Semitism as a government policy often leads to serious trouble for said government. The Germans under the Nazis drove out Jews; that cost Germany considerable treasure and talent (as well as wasted effort), and gave the US the A-bomb while the Nazis tried to make a go of the World Ice Theory. The Arab world has spent about a century wasting effort, lives and resources on driving Jews out of their lands and trying to drive them out of the tiny speck that is Israel; had they done otherwise, the Arab lands might today be as green and prosperous as Israel is. The Israelies are quite good at what they do because they have to be; to ignore their skills is Teh Dum.
The irony here is that if Cape Town reaches Day Zero, the taps shut off and things go even more downhill, it’s not unreasonable to expect a whole lot of people to blame Da Jooz for the problems.