Brownlee Moves to Restore Israel-NZ Relations

            [Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with new New Zealand Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee]

 

Within 48 hours of becoming Foreign Minister, Gerry Brownlee has called the New Zealand co-sponsored UN resolution on Israel "premature" and lacking the support it needed to succeed.

 

Mr Brownlee has extended the olive branch to Israel after it recalled its ambassador last year.

 

This was a protest against New Zealand's part in a resolution calling for a halt to Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories and an end to violence.

 

He said one of his immediate priorities was to restore the relationship as Israel was in a part of the world challenged by rogue states and terrorists, and has written to the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

 

Mr Browlee said New Zealand should not "pronounce" how either party involved in Middle Eastern policy should behave, beyond condemning terrorism.

 

When asked whether his view contradicted the substance of the resolution, Mr Brownlee said in the end the solution to conflict in the Middle East would be achieved by the people who live there - "that's my view".

 

To read this story, go to: http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/330048/brownlee-nz-should-not-intervene-on-israel-palestine-conflict

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Posted by Ruth Thomas (04/05/2017 19:42)      190 Views