South Africa on Thursday announced that it was recalling its ambassador to Israel for consultations over the Gaza flotilla incident earlier this week.
SA embassy spokesman Judika Tladi told The Jerusalem Post that ambassador Ismael Coovadia was being recalled to Pretoria for consultations so that the government can get a "better understanding" of what happened off the Gaza coast and its implications
Tladi added that Pretoria was not planning on expelling Israel's ambassador to South Africa or severing ties. "This will not affect ties between the two countries. We have no intention of expelling the Israeli ambassador or cutting ties with Israel," Tladi told the 'Post.