Pretoria on Monday announced the withdrawal of Ambassador Sisa Ngombane from Tel Aviv with immediate effect following Israel's deadliest attack in the Gaza Strip in four years.
Minister of International Relations and Co-operation Lindiwe Sisulu announced yesterday that her department was having continuous consultations with President Cyril Ramaphosa on the downgrading of the SA embassy in Israel after recalling the SA ambassador to the country.
In a statement released afterwards, a spokesperson for Mr Coveney said: "Our mission in Ramallah reports that emergency responders in Gaza and the Strips' health services are overwhelmed with the level of casualties".
Boker has been informed of Ireland's demands for an independent global investigation led by the United Nations, the ministry spokesman said, noting that the minister was "very disturbed" by injuries to health workers tending to the injured in the clashes.
The withdrawal was in response to the Israeli army's killing of 59 Palestinians protesting the inauguration of the United States embassy in Jerusalem on Monday.More news: Global Electric Winch Market 2018-2025 Fong Hwang, Superwinch, Westin Automotive
Mr Coveney summoned the Israeli ambassador to Iveagh House yesterday to express "outrage and dismay" at the events.
"We obviously are going to apply our minds with Cabinet colleagues, and we will respond in due course at the soonest available opportunity", he said.
He says Israeli state officials do not need visas to enter South Africa.
Fifty-eight people were killed on Monday when Israeli troops opened fire on Palestinian protesters. The Palestinians supported us, the formerly oppressed people of South Africa, during our struggle against oppression.
Irish people on social media called Coveney out for taking a different tack in his treatment of the Russian diplomat, suggesting the Irish government is happy to follow Britain's orders but will fail to act on "crimes against humanity".More news: Japan Q1 GDP contracts annualised 0.6%: government
He accused countries in the region - an apparent reference to Iran's rival Saudi Arabia - of a "treacherous compromise and undignified passivity" for failing to strongly condemn Israeli actions.
"The victims were taking part in a peaceful protest against the provocative inauguration of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem".
"All these cases show that America intends to destroy the worldwide institution of the United Nations", he told parliament on Tuesday.
Fresh protests were also expected on Tuesday as Palestinians continue to mark the Nakba commemorating the more than 700,000 Palestinians who fled or were expelled in the 1948 war surrounding Israel's creation.More news: Celtics blow out the Cavs in game 1