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Even the Huffington Post has McCully’s number

NZ Foreign Minister Murray McCully

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McCully lied, the resolution is substantially different from New Zealand and the United State’s previous positions

I told leaders from AIPAC that Israel has unequivocal evidence that the Obama administration led the effort to pass the anti-Israel resolution in the UN Security Council. There is no question whatsoever about that. None whatsoever.

I also said that the text of the Security Council resolution was not a reformulation of things that all previous administrations said, but was in fact a major break with US policy. Listen to my explanation, and please share it with people who have their facts wrong.

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UN Resolution 2334 made Jerusalem the target of a Palestinian terror attack

The latest terror attack target in Jerusalem was determined by Murray McCully, John Kerry and Barack Obama’s disgusting anti-Israel resolution. The resolution declared Judaism’s holiest site, The Temple Mount and the Western Wall an exclusively Muslim Shrine. It ignored history and the fact that the Muslim Mosque is built on top of the ruins of previous Jewish temples. The resolution painted a huge bullseye on Jerusalem and is likely the justification for the latest Palestinian terrorist truck attack.

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McCully, Kerry and Obama have blood on their hands. Far from promoting peace and a two-state solution the UN resolution that they drafted has been taken as a declaration of war on The Jewish people in Jerusalem by the emboldened Palestinian Muslim terrorists. In their minds, they have the approval of the United Nations for their actions because in their minds Jerusalem is now Palestinian territory.

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NZ’s shame: McCully sides with terrorists and votes against democracy

The last remaining thing holding me to supporting National at the next election is now gone.

Murray McCully has engineered a vote against Israel standing with countries like Venezuela, Senegal and Malaysia to pass a resolution against Israel in the UN Security Council.

New Zealand has just announced to the world that we prefer terrorists and anti-democratic, theocratic dictatorships to vibrant Western-style democracy.

Israel knows what New Zealand has done, they have recalled their ambassador such is the insult to them by New Zealand.

The Israeli Government has recalled its ambassador from New Zealand after the UN Security Council passed a resolution condemning Israel’s continued settlements.

New Zealand co-sponsored the resolution, which said the settlements violate international law and undermine a two-state solution in Israel’s conflict with Palestine.

Malaysia, Senegal and Venzuela also sponsored the resolution and are likely to face diplomatic reprisals too.

Foreign Minister Murray McCully told the Herald he spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before the vote and Netanyahu told him the ambassador would be recalled if the vote passed.

McCully said he had been informed the ambassador had been recalled “for consultations”.

“It underscores the fact that Israel is strongly opposed to the council position on the issue. That is not a great surprise to us.

“But we hope that the friendship that has existed between the two countries will be able to endure regardless of different view on this issue.”

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Phil Quin on Trump’s proposed appointments

Phil Quin comments on Donald Trump’s proposed appointments and gives, for a lefty, some reasoned advice:

US President-elect Donald Trump is said to be considering one of his most vocal internal critics, Mitt Romney, as Secretary of State.

Howls of outrage, left and right, predictably ensued since the the GOP’s 2012 nominee – a mainstream Republican from Central Casting – berated Trump mercilessly in the lead-up to the recent election. He couldn’t even bring himself to vote for him.

And yet, at this turbulent moment, as Trump installs one far-right figure after another to his cabinet, accusations of hypocrisy against Trump and Romney – fair game in the normal course of events – should be set aside.

Trump would be wise to offer the Secretary of State post; Romney should accept it; and the Senate should rush to confirm him before the wildly erratic President-in-waiting changes his mind. Here’s why.

While no doubt Mitt Romney retains his view, expressed as recently as August, that Trump is a “con man” and “fake” who threatens to bring “trickle-down racism, trickle-down bigotry, trickle-down misogyny” to America, the stakes are too high to allow politics as usual to get in the way of what would be a profoundly reassuring appointment.

Romney at the State Department would go quite some way to quelling fears among US allies, in particular NATO, that the Trump presidency is set to redraw the geopolitical map in terrifying and unpredictable ways.

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Guest Post – Early jump for Trump

Will Artificial Intelligence predict a Trump win correctly?

A reader emails:

You could be forgiven for thinking the election of Donald Trump was going to end civilisation or at least the USA part of it.  Dire predictions fostered by a biased media continue days after the election result.  It is both tiresome and juvenile reflecting not just a biased media but one that is immature and inexperienced and has lost any ability to demonstrate professionalism, independence and sound judgement.

President –elect Donald Trump made some unusual election promises, many of which will cost a great deal.  His catch cry of making America “great again” lacks some detail to be blunt but could mean extra spending in some areas of the economy.  A literal, or even figurative fence on the Mexican border for example will demand a hefty budget even if the Mexicans pay some of it.

One of Trump’s other big undertakings was to reduce taxes, especially corporate taxes.  He proffered this as the main catalyst for creating new jobs and more GDP growth.

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TPP will live under Key. China or Russia might step up

John Key is a deal maker. He will try and keep the TPP alive as free trade really is the key to growing our economy.

Prime Minister John Key is still clinging onto hope that the Trans-Pacific Partnership will come into existence.

But if it doesn’t back-up plans are already being considered.

Mr Key said in Auckland on Wednesday that the 12-nation trade agreement is still a long way from being restarted, but he believes the US will be a “massive beneficiary” and that President-elect Donald Trump could be convinced of its benefits.

“Quite quickly people are going to come at him with a stream of advice and I think that advice will be quite consistent with the advice that drove President Obama to want to be a big part of TPP, and that is US leadership in the region and US companies having access and better access into the fast growing Asian markets,” he said.   Read more »

Kaikoura Earthquake allows TPP to pass quietly

The TPP bill has been passed, quietly, hidden from view by the Kaikoura earthquake.

Parliament has passed the bill that allows the government to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement amid opposition complaints that it’s a waste of time.

The opposition would say that. But since when have they been right on anything. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day, if only Labour had that much accuracy.

The bill lines up New Zealand laws with its obligations under the 12-nation agreement which covers 40 per cent of global trade and 800 million people.

Partner countries signed it in February but it still has to be ratified – and the United States is the big problem.

President-elect Donald Trump is a vehement opponent and Prime Minister John Key has said the chance of the US Congress ratifying it before the January 20 inauguration is “close to zero”.   Read more »

Lindsay Perigo on the US Elections

“It’s morning again in America,” said Ronald Reagan when running for re-election in 1984. The facts and the voters backed him, and he was returned to the presidency in a landslide.

America in 2016 has endured a dark night far longer and blacker than that inflicted by Jimmy Carter, but the reinstatement of morning should be no more difficult for Trump than Reagan given The Donald’s astounding sweep of both Houses of Congress as well as the Electoral College.

What is most gratifying is to tote up all the disgusting things that voters repudiated yesterday, contrary to the pontifications of the usual insufferable suspects in the media. I have been doing it all day and laughing non-stop. The media in fact are foremost among the disgusting repudiated. Their brazen abandonment of any pretence of a distinction between reportage and commentary, their explicit avowal of a duty to root for the inexpressibly corrupt Clinton, their shameless ignoring of her criminality, their comprehensive unprofessionalism—in all of this the mainstream media have written their own epitaph and earned the contempt towards them evinced by voters yesterday. Journalism is dead; long live journalism.

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I told you Bruce Smith was a dickhead

I told everyone that Bruce Smith in Westland was a dickhead, and yesterday he proved it:

New Westland Mayor Bruce Smith, only a week into the job, has been caught out after delivering a speech to Kumara School children using the plagiarised words of United States President Barack Obama.

The Guardian was contacted about the mayor’s plagiarism of the stock Obama speech – almost word for word – after Smith posted his version to his Facebook page.

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