SOUTH AFRICA - Road Named After Palestinian Terrorist

Arno Froese

Leila Khaled was one of the hijackers of a TWA flight from Rome to Tel Aviv in 1969.

The Johannesburg City Council has decided to rename a major road Leila Khaled Drive, in honor of the notorious Palestinian who was one of the hijackers of a TWA flight from Rome to Tel Aviv in 1969.

The council adopted the motion presented by the ruling ANC and its far-left ally, the Economic Freedom Fighters, to rename Sandton Drive after the 74-year-old Khaled, who now lives in Jordan and was a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

The motion argued that the city, which is home to most of South Africa’s 70,000-strong Jewish community, had “a responsibility to stand with the people of Palestine.”

In May, the South Africa government withdrew its ambassador to Israel, Sisa Ngombane, following the clashes along the Israel-Gaza border that resulted in the death of many Palestinians who attempted to breach the border., 3 December 2018

Arno's commentary

South Africa has little to no gain in their outright anti-Israel position. They have much to lose, because Israel is the world leader when it comes to water conservation and agricultural use of brackish water. That, incidentally, many Arab countries are beginning to realize, and some are secretly establishing relationships with Israel. 

We think, however, there is a more important reason, and that is the 70,000-strong Jewish community, of which many will be leaving for Israel in the not-too-distant future. 

South Africa, and many other nations, should take to heart what Isaiah 51:3 says: “For the Lord shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.” 

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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