Do Murray and Bill still think we did the right thing?

Murray McCully went rogue at the UN Security Council and signed New Zealand up to support despots, dictators and terrorists against the only democracy in the Middle East.

Bill English professed no knowledge and washed his hands of it, thinking it would all go away over Christmas. The problem both have is that the issue hasn’t gone away.

President Trump and his UN ambassador have been unequivocal over the back-stabbing of Israel and have locked in tight behind Israel. The UK flip-flopped and so did the Ukraine over the vote in favour of UNSC Resolution 2334.

The Australians are now very vocal against the UN for the same resolution. Yesterday Malcolm Turnbull came out strongly against the UN.

Malcolm Turnbull has strongly condemned the UN, accusing it of a prejudiced attack against Israel over a Security Council resolution that accused the Israeli ­government of violating inter­national law with its settlement activity.

On the eve of a historic visit by Benjamin Netanyahu, who ­arrives in Sydney today as the first sitting Israeli leader to visit Australia, the Prime Minister also charged those who promoted or supported a boycott campaign with a deplorable attempt to ­­­de-legitimise the Jewish state.  

In an exclusive commentary article published in The Australian today, Mr Turnbull denounces the UN for what he claims is bias, citing 20 resolutions ­between 2014 and 2015 that are critical of Israel when only a ­single resolution had been issued on the Syrian war.

While Mr Turnbull has been critical in the past of anti-Israeli resolutions, rarely has he been so forceful in his language. “My government will not support one-sided resolutions criticising Israel of the kind recently adopted by the Security Council and we ­deplore the boycott campaigns designed to delegitimise the Jewish state,” Mr Turnbull writes.

“At the same time, we recognise that Israel and the Palestinians need to come to a settlement and we support a directly negotiated two-state-solution so that Palestinians will have their own state and the people of Israel can be secure within agreed borders.

“We believe that with so many other larger, more destructive and intractable disputes in the Middle East, this is a time when Israeli and Palestinian leaders, supported by the global community, should return to the negotiating table and work towards a solution that upholds the rights of both peoples to live side-by-side in peace and security.”

Benjamin Netanyahu isn’t coming to New Zealand, just a 3-hour plane ride from Australia. I wonder why?

Do Murray and Bill still think they are on the right side of history? Do they still think that we were honest brokers?

Murray McCully and Bill English aligned New Zealand with terrorists, despots and dictators and repudiated our support of democratic governments. The silence from them is appalling.

 – The Australian

 

 


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