McCully is a disgrace, not fit to hold a ministerial warrant any longer


Murray McCully has become a disgrace, well, more of a disgrace than he has been in the past.

He has become an Arab apologist and anti-Israel mouthpiece with no respect whatsoever for Israel.

New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Murray McCully has fronted Auckland’s Jewish community criticising Israel’s policies in its region.

Speaking at the Auckland Hebrew Congregation, “Peace in the Middle East” McCully placed a great deal of the blame for the lack of progress in the plans for peace on Israel’s settlements policy according to reports received today.

McCully refused to accept that attacks by Palestinians on Israelis were acts of terrorism…saying that Israelis and others could call them terrorism but he would not. At the function organised by the New Zealand Zionist Federation the Foreign Minister said that New Zealand had contributed to a mine-clearing operation on the West Bank the aim of which was to clear land for Palestinian agriculture. He told the audience that after the area had been cleared Israel took a portion of it to build a road denying   the Palestinians the right to use that strip for farming…an action which displeased the New Zealand government.

McCully appealed to the Jewish community to contacts friends and family in Israel to seek their cooperation in persuading Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “to cease his settlement activity”.

So he is advocating in favour of BDS type lobbying and pressure? How rude. He attends a Jewish meeting and then abuses and insults his hosts. I bet he wouldn’t do that at a mosque.

New Zealand currently is a non-permanent member of the U.N. Security Council .

McCully said that New Zealand wants to see the UN Security Council shoulder its responsibilities on the Middle East Peace Process.

And insulting people will work won’t it?

He said that it has been seven years since the Council has even passed a resolution on this question and were continually being told that “the time is not right” and “the parties are not ready”.

He added that while we wait, the situation on the ground gets worse, violence has escalated, and the viability of the two state solution is disappearing as a consequence of Israeli settlement activity.
He said that NZ, frustrated by the Council’s lack of resolve, circulated a draft resolution to try to find a pathway to bring the parties back to the negotiating table.

If Arabs want peace in the Middle East all they have to do is disband their terror organisations, their funding of terrorism and stop attacking Israel. Peace will break out. But it won’t when apologists like Murray McCully blame Israel for everything.

McCully is well past his use by date, especially with hateful attitudes like that shown to the NZ Zionist Federation.




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  • MaryLou

    Whilst I agree with the majority of the article, and certainly the seriously bad judgment of McCully in not recognising terrorist attacks for what they are – is this true?:

    “New Zealand had contributed to a mine-clearing operation on the West Bank the aim of which was to clear land for Palestinian agriculture. He told the audience that after the area had been cleared Israel took a portion of it to build a road denying the Palestinians the right to use that strip for farming”

    WO has conditioned us to skepticism of the published word, so clearly I’ll have to go looking for the answer. If it is true though, that would be…. well, unhelpful, to say the least.

    • Isherman

      He might have been talking at the AHC, but the question is who is he actually speaking to, and why…who is the real ‘audience’ behind such rhetoric?

      • MaryLou

        Yes, you are right. That speech was not aimed at them at all, otherwise it was a strange speech to give. I feel very uneasy right now, and untrusting of NZ’s role in the UN and the Middle East in general. I don’t feel that we are impartial just now, it’s all a little bit odd.

        • kereru

          l know that feeling – the feeling that we are being duped, that far bigger fish are pulling the strings behind the scenes. As political decisions become more and more incomprehensible – such as the joyous welcome for hordes of undocumented ‘migrants’ intent on setting up a nation within a nation – there is an increasing unease developing. And most of us don’t want a bar of it, but it’s happening anyway, and nobody in power seems to be taking any notice.

          • MaryLou

            Yes, and it begins – for me any way – with the cloud that still hangs over the Saudi sheep deal. It really went unanswered. I don’t trust McCully any longer, but clearly he acts with the authority and permission of the government. I’m having a Lefty moment it seems, because as much as I want to tow the party line that all is well, it’s just not.

          • kereru

            I believe our unease is shared by many many people. There is a general sense of concern about the way things are going.

            This is no longer the free and easy New Zealand of 30 years ago. It’s hard to put into words, but something has changed, and not for the better. If you ask around you’ll find that you and I are very far from alone in sensing this. We’re losing our trust, our special uniqueness. We’re still our friendly selves but are becoming more guarded. We’re not only being governed, we’re being told what to accept and what to believe (or all hell is let loose) and we’re resenting it. It’s as if a cloud is hanging over us as a nation.

          • Ruahine

            The social and cultural brainwashing that exists the entire Education system is quite an eye opener.

      • Bluemanning

        Agree Isherman, mccully is talking to the UN perhaps one reason is to show how effective hulun was in her time as NZ PM to aid her case for le UN presidenti.

        • Ruahine

          Agree also. The Saudi’s have a lot of North African proxy votes in their pockets.

    • Abdullah

      Good on you MaryLou, I am the same. I always try to corroborate what I read from different sides. Conflicts in the Palestine is convoluted.

      Google for Miko Peled – author of The General’s Son. Read his book. He is the grandson of Dr Avraham Katznelson, who signed Israeli Declaration of Independence. He was an Israeli special forces and his niece died from suicide attack.

      • MaryLou

        Thank you Abdullah – I will find it! One interesting exercise I undertook was to read The Exodus and Yasser Arafats book (can’t remember the name) back to back without pause, around 15 years ago. I was struck by both interpretations of the same event in many cases. Not so much an exercise in determining “truth” necessarily, more as an insight into the thinking, or justifications of both parties. Messy, messy business and I don’t think either side has a leader at present capable of solving anything.

  • Mark156

    Who mined it in the first place?

    • Isherman

      In the Area that he refers to in the West Bank, the bulk of them were laid in the by the Jordanians prior to the Six Day War, which after they were pushed back over the Jordan river, the Israelis’ laid some new fields to defend the new frontiers, so its a mixture really. Similar story in the Golan and Jordan valley.

  • JohnO

    McCully is useless. He has been the mouthpiece of NZ’s negative policy towards Fiji, he has handed over 11 million dollars to a Saudi businessman who had hurt feelings, and now he is promoting the hate policies of militant Islam. He is the governments most fault-prone stuff-up bar none and that includes Dunne is monumental in stuff- ups.

  • Aucky

    If Israel’s neighbours disarmed there would be immediate peace in the Middle East. If Israel unilaterally disarmed the Jewish nation would cease to exist inside 24 hours.

  • Boondecker

    Excuse me for sounding rather cynical, but this rubbished speech by McCully smacks a lot more of cow-towing to Middle Eastern countries for potential support of Helen Clarke’s attempt at the UN top job.

    Israel is just one vote and therefore as about as inconsequential a vote can be to the whole Secretary Generals voting process. Criticise Israel from this far away and the only thing you’re going to do is please many more potential voters and attract support. To me. it seems patently obvious what the NZ Government is doing here. Big brave McCully’s role is just as the mouthpiece, as offensive and rude as it must have been for his hosts.

    The other thing is that Clarke, for her bit, has long been vehemently opposed to Israel and thus would make a lousy choice for the top job role. Certainly, she would be as helpful to Middle East peace as the current fool. Having stated all that, her past dealings with the US in particular will see her vetoed.

  • Nesher

    Why this land dispute is McCully’s business? Why whatever should be solved between Israelis and Palestinians is everybody’s business? Isn’t it because the Palestinian side is trying to use all possible means to achieve their goals (media, NGOs, UN, etc.) instead of negotiating with Israel? I wonder if McCully’s brain was completely washed by pro-Palestinian propaganda or he was paid by his Middleeastern partners.

    • kereru

      In a nutshell. Well said.

    • MaryLou

      Yes, except that we paid to have the area de-mined, not sure whether we used NZ personnel for the job, but either way, we had a reasonable expectation that it would be used for farming. If an area was to be commandeered to be a road, we should have been either notified beforehand. Not unreasonable, surely, considering we would have had to get their permission to operate in that area? Just diplomacy.

      • Isherman

        We contributed, along with input from the US, UK and the Netherlands with funding to the HALO trust, which carries out de-mining ops all around the world, and the Trusts work is purely about the de-mining of conflict areas with affected civilian populations. They, and thus our funding of them is irrespective of the politics, disputes or conflicts beyond that.

        • MaryLou

          Thanks Ish, didn’t know quite how we came to be involved. But does that negate the intention of the work that HALO undertakes, or the expectation that the organisation or the parties involved shouldn’t be notified if what they intend, will be put to a different use? I guess it only matters if only one party or the other gets to benefit from the road that’s causing the angst.

          • Isherman

            So the thing about West Bank settlements and land parcels is that some are more sensitive and controversial than others, and yes, a legitimate case could be made that in some of these areas, the Israeli’s have carried out work that could be problematic, so I don’t dispute that. By the same token, the Palestinians have been allowed to play games with this process for decades, and the games won’t continue for ever. Muzz would do better to be pushing the Palestinians to stop using every alaviable excuse not to engage in direct talks, and get on with it. This is how peace was achieved with Egypt and Jordan, and it is the only way it will be achieved with the Palestinians, getting the world to act as surrogate sponsors wont. Its that simple. The UN wont progress anything, Obama has already signalled that much for the rest of his term, and recent the so called French initiative (which didn’t direct involve either party!) is a non starter. All that said, I actually think the biggest headache at the moment is the current shake up of Netanyahu’s govt and cabinet. The current Defence minister is likely to be made Foreign Minister if he accepts, but more worrying, Liberman will most likely get the Defence portfolio, and I for one think that’s a problem.

      • Roads benefit all equally.

    • johnandali

      I think it’s sad that you are criticising McCully. After all, he is trying to do his best, despite having no idea at all of the history of the Middle East. At this very moment, he is extolling the virtues of New Zealand in…….. Iran. He wants NZ to be good friends of Iran and good trading partners. I wonder who is putting him up to all this? Or is he trying to balance the nice things he is doing by us giving millions to the Sunni Saudi Arabian farmer, and just in case he thinks he might upset the Shi’ites, he’s cosying up to the Iranians who supply weapons and money to Hezbollah and Hamas (the friendly terrorist groups who would certainly agree with his views about Israel). I hope he hasn’t let on to the Iranian leaders that John Key was born to ……….. parents. I’d love to see the looks on their faces as they show him the door.

      • kereru

        Well, as one of my teachers once put it, ‘Your best is not good enough’. McCully is playing a dangerous game

      • Nesher

        Murray McCully is the Top NZ diplomate. His job is implementing foreign policies of our Government led by the National Pàrty. In my view, his rethoric reflects that the Nationals are rapidly moving from the Centrist to the Radical Left positions on many important issues. This is really, really sad to admit.
        While contributing to the mine clearing is a very positive thing, it does not give any participated country the right to dictate how this cleared land should be used. Whether it will be an agricultural land or a road should be decided by Israeli and Palestinians (not by foreign countries, various sorts of activists or media).

  • McGrath

    Both sides are equally to blame. The Arabs must stop bombing, but equally the Israelis must remove settlements on Arab land. It is hard to make peace when each side has a dagger in the other.

    • kereru

      So easy to state, but bears no heed to the history of the land or its incredibly complex problems. It is very far from a simple soundbite of Israel grabbing land, Arabs retaliating. Therefore, Israel = bad. Arabs = good. If you were to spend some time investigating the history of this troubled land you might begin to see the reality of the situation today.

      Yes, this link is Israeli. But you cannot dispute the facts of history which are there for anyone to check. land/#sthash.eN7yewmM.hHjwvqBY.dpbs

    • Curious

      The one truism in your statement is that it takes two sides (or more) to make war; and an equal number (or less) to make peace. Israel has never breached an agreement to peace; the longevity of the peace treaties with Jordan and Egypt are testimony to this. Unfortunately, it is impossible to offer the same vote of confidence to the PLO, the PA, Fatah, Hamas, Hezbollah (the latter two refusing to engage in anything but another Jewish genocide).

  • andrewo

    Murray needs to be reminded that he’s a minor politician from a small island in the South Pacific.
    Unless the history classes at Dargaville High School included a 4 year course on Middle Eastern History, I doubt he has even the vaguest idea on the topic.

  • Ruahine

    He is looking for a job at the UN. This is the easiest way to get a ticket on the Gravy Train. Helen has showed him the way. She is indeed the truth and the light.

  • Eddie

    This is coming from our centre-right governmnet and is more proof we we need a new political party. One with some morals and strength.

  • SaggyNaggy

    The Israeli government does have a nasty habit of just appropriating land for whatever it wants, usually Arab land. It does them no favours.

  • David Kerr

    Quite frankly, I’d push the heathens back to hell. The bigger the buffer zone the better