Feb 222018

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…

Cape Town May Dry Up Because of an Aversion to Israel

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.

 Posted by at 10:34 pm
  • Brianna

    The part you’re not mentioning here is that Israel worked together with the old, apartheid government of South Africa on developing nuclear weapons and such. To a degree this was realpolitik: a lot of nations refused to work or trade with Israel because of the economic and political pressure that was put on the country by the arab nation block, so Israel had to find partners where it could. However, the truth is that this government really was very bad, and Israel got a little chummier with them than they really had to for strict reasons of realpolitik. While it could be argued that the new SA government is cutting off their nose to spite their face here by refusing help from Israel on this issue, I admit I find it a bit difficult to blame the current government of SA for holding a bit of a grudge against the Israelis for having such warm relations with their former oppressors.

    • Herp McDerp

      Does that explain why the current government of South Africa turned to Iran for help, instead?

      The leadership of South Africa’s dominant political party, the African National Congress, aligns itself with the Palestinian cause. Although the two countries have diplomatic ties, South Africa under the ANC has refused to develop warm relations with Israel. This antagonism goes back to the 1960s, when current Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas lived in Moscow with exiled ANC leaders, and Yasser Arafat often visited. Students and leaders of the two movements were supported by the Soviet Union, and they shared revolutionary aspirations.

      Even more confounding, the South Africans turned to Iran for help. In April 2016, when there was still enough time for a smart plan to make a difference, South Africa’s water minister visited Tehran. She brought home a memorandum of understanding in which Iran agreed to help develop South Africa’s water infrastructure.

      Unlike Israel, Iran is not known for its water-management expertise. Anger over water shortages was a feature of the recent Iranian protests. Even before the South African visit, a former Iranian agriculture minister predicted that as many as 50 million Iranians—around two-thirds of the population—would need to be uprooted because of growing water scarcity.

      As in South Africa, Iran’s water shortages can’t be blamed only on the weather. Water infrastructure projects in Iran are controlled by the Revolutionary Guard Corps, which diverts water to favored ethnic and political groups. In Tehran largely untreated sewage is discharged into nearby waterways, a waste of water that creates health hazards. Years of regime-encouraged overpumping of groundwater has left agricultural districts without water for crops.

      Two months after the South African water minister’s Iran trip, Israel brought a team of water professionals to Cape Town. Neither the mayor, also strongly hostile to Israel, nor any senior municipal official would see them.

      If the South Africans are snubbing the Israelis out of solidarity with the Palestinians, they might want to consider this: The Palestinian Authority has worked with Israel on a range of water projects since 1995. Israel offers training for Palestinians in wastewater management, infrastructure and security. Israel also provides the Palestinian Authority with more than half the water for domestic consumption by Palestinians in the West Bank. And it pipes more than 2.5 billion gallons of water into Hamas-controlled Gaza each year.

  • Ulrich Brasche III

    to keep it modern and classy, one must virtue signal loudly that they are not antisemitic while blaming everything on “zionists” who just happen to be “all of Israel and pretty much every Jewish person alive today”. gotta get the wording right, you see.

  • James

    Pretty much the only two countries in the middleast with half a brain atm are israel and jordan,