I’m so, so, so, sorry Mr Netanyahu

A carrier pigeon has flown Prime Minister Bill English’s apology to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and it was so well written Netanyahu changed his mind and decided to send Israeli Ambassador Itzhak Gerberg back to his diplomatic post in New Zealand.

Writing a good apology letter is an art form and there are many templates available online. I can’t help but be extremely curious as to what English said to win Netanyahu over. What did he say in his letter to have such an immediate effect? Perhaps he outsourced the writing of the letter?


The Prime Minister’s Office issued a statement on Tuesday saying that following discreet diplomatic contacts, Netanyahu and New Zealand’s Prime Minister Bill English spoke by phone a few days ago.

As a result of that conversation, according to the PMO, English wrote a letter saying that he regretted “the damage done to Israel-New Zealand relations as a result of New Zealand proposing Resolution 2334 at the Security Council.”

Following the letter and the phone conversation, Netanyahu directed the Foreign Ministry director-general Yuval Rotem… to inform Wellington that Israel has decided to “end the crisis” and send Ambassador Itzhak Gerberg back to the country.


I don’t know about you but the above paragraphs immediately made me think that the phone call had contained a request for the apology to be formally put in writing before any action would be considered. It reminds me of how a teacher will meet with a student who has exhibited bad behaviour and then during the meeting instruct them to write an apology letter as part of their punishment.

Dear Mr Netanyahu I am so, so, so sorry…..

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