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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