Israel, New Zealand has always regretted 2334. Just some of our politicians are total numpties

Gerard van Bohemen was just following orders /TUI

As I watch from my current perch in Haifa, Israel, today’s Jerusalem Post headlines read, “New Zealand, Israel Patch Up Ties”, under a photograph of the New Zealand flag and the Beehive.

The report goes on to say, “New Zealand PM said he ‘regrets’ damage done to relations as a result of Wellington sponsoring UNSC 2334.”

The resolution stated Israel’s settlement activity constitutes a “flagrant violation” of international law and has “no legal validity”.

It demanded Israel stop such activity and fulfil its obligations as an occupying power under the Fourth Geneva Convention. It was the first UN Security Council resolution to pass regarding Israel and the Palestine territories since 2009.

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

Yeah, Bill English had to swallow a huge rat.  Prime Ministers don’t often get forced into such a corner.  But that’s a reflection on how politically incapable English is.  

Bill English then 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”.

Even though he personally still believes it reflects New Zealand’s “long standing position”.   Just like his mate Murray McCully.

But the amount of pressure on English to fix this, and fix this NOW was severe.  I know for a fact the numbers were being run in case he refused to back down.

UNSC 2334 was a one-sided anti-Israel resolution. In putting it up, we chose to partner with countries – Senegal, Malaysia and Venezuela – that do not adhere to the same democratic principles as New Zealand.

The resolution failed to recognise that peace can only be negotiated by the parties involved and cannot be imposed.

UNSC 2334 did not give appropriate weight to the glorification of terrorist attacks on Israeli citizens and the Palestinians’ continual incitement to violence.

Israelis were stunned with the McCully move, as he had visited Israel only a few weeks before and made no mention if it.

Jerusalem believed McCully was the driving force behind the UNSC 2334, and it was widely expected that relations with Wellington would improve once he left office. And relations did, immediately after Brownlee took over on May 2.

Gerry Brownlee is to be congratulated on restoring relations with one of the few democratic secular nations in the Middle East.

Murray McCully betrayed this country.  Murray is totally in the pockets of the non-democratic Middle East.   And sadly, he was backed by a Prime Minister that thinks it is totally acceptable to write off a long standing relationship with Israel just to cover his mate’s wrinkly arse.

It is good news that Gerry Brownlee had the balls to ignore Bill English in spite of a very public put-down and get to work on fixing Israel.  He’s doing similar good work with Fiji.

Bill English is not the right person to lead this country.  His judgement is faulty.  And he’s a vindictive P.O.S.


Dr Jim Salinger, NZ Herald

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