Closing the stable door after the horse has bolted isn’t very useful right now. Worse, Bill English is still holding out hope that our diplomatic ties haven’t been severed. Why? Because he can’t get Israel to confirm it.
Prime Minister Bill English says there’s no confirmation that Israel has downgraded its diplomatic ties with New Zealand following a United Nations resolution that angered the Middle Eastern nation.
The Times of Israel is reporting Israel has permanently downgraded its diplomatic ties in retribution against the countries that co-sponsored a United Nations Security Council resolution in December condemning the construction of Jewish settlements.
This has impacted on both New Zealand and Senegal while the two other co-sponsors – Malaysia and Venezuela – did not have previous existing diplomatic relations with Israel. Read more »