Shhh…don’t tell anyone but Gerry Brownlee is in Israel

Gerry Brownlee in Israel

Gerry Brownlee travelled to Israel after his visit to Iraq. He’s also tried to keep it very quiet, with it not even being reported in NZ media.

Pity, he went for a visit with ‘Bogie’ Ya’alon though and the Israelis know how to use Facebook.  

Defence Minister of New Zealand , Gerry Brownlee , today in my office . Despite the great distance between the two countries , have quite a lot in common , especially security cooperation . During the meeting, the defense minister asked me for a picture hanging in my office , the Israeli Air Force flyover over Auschwitz . I explained to him that for me , as a Holocaust survivor and a fighter and commander of the army , it is an event that has moral significance and proof of the importance of Israel’s ability to defend itself and its citizens on its own.

It’s a pity Andrew Little didn’t go along instead of grandstanding in Jordan. He might have learned something about regional security and why our troops in the region are useful.

I haven’t seen any reference in the NZ press to the visit.

Perhaps the government feels that press coverage wouldn’t help Helen Clark’s run for the UN top job?


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