According to a video of her speech, Mpho Phalatse, a councillor in charge of health, said at a weekend pro-Israel event: "I would like to declare that I am a friend of Israel and the city of Johannesburg is a friend of Israel." "We value you, we celebrate you, we appreciate you, feel at home..." she told participants at a conference held as part of a series of events organised by pro-Israel community and religious groups.
Mashaba said he was "disappointed" that the councillor attributed her personal sentiments to the city on such an "emotional and sensitive" issue.
The party supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian crisis.
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