Israel Institute of NZ 2017 Voters Guide

 

 

 

Keen to find out where the various political parties and politicians stand on Israel as New Zealand heads into the 2017 election? Check out the Israel Institute of New Zealand 2017 Voters’ Guide to find out...

 

The Institute wrote to all MPs asking for their and their party positions on Israel. We have highlighted party positions (for those polling above 1%), party leaders’ positions, statements made by members of the NZ-Israel Parliamentary Friendship group, and other MPs.

 

For more detail on the respective party and politican positions go to the Israel Institute website here, visit the Institute's guide and click on the relevant icons and images.

 

 

PARTY STATEMENTS

 

OPPOSED 2334:

Yes - NZ First, Act

No - National, Labour, Greens

No position stated - Maori Party

 

CONDEMNS PALESTINIAN TERROR

Yes - Labour

No - National, the Maori Party

No position stated - NZ First, Greens, Act

 

SUPPORTS NEGOTIATED SOLUTION

Yes - 

No - Labour, Greens, the Maori Party

No position stated - National, NZ First, Act

 

SUPPORTS TIES WITH ISRAEL

Yes - National, Act

No - Greens 

No position stated - Labour, NZ First, the Maori Party

 

SHOWS UNDERSTANDING OF ISSUES

Yes - 

No - Labour, Greens, the Maori Party

No clear position stated - National, NZ First, Act

 

Party Leaders: Below is summary information on the leaders of the parties polling above 1%

 

BILL ENGLISH (National): Bill English explicitly stands by Resolution 2334 and has said very little else publicly on the matter other than he hopes for closer relations.

 

JACINDA ARDERN (Labour): Jacinda Ardern has not said anything publicly relating to Israel.

 

WINSTON PETERS (NZ First): Winston Peters has taken the strongest public stand for Israel in recent times. Peters questioned 2334 and objected to the process by which Murray McCully led New Zealand to co-sponsor the resolution in the UN Security Council.

 

JAMES SHAW (Greens): James Shaw opposed Gerry Brownlee’s attempts to repair the damage done to the relationship between NZ and Israel. Shaw also supported Green MP Marama Davidson when she joined an activist boat to Gaza.

 

TE URUROA FLAVELL (the Maori Party): Te Ururoa Flavell has attempted to be balanced in his discussions relating to Israel and does not go into detail.

 

DAVID SEYMOUR (Act): David Seymour is pro-Israel. He recognises that New Zealand shares with Israel values such as democracy and individual freedom. He has questioned New Zealand’s co-sponsorship of 2334 and called it a “misstep”.

  

Other MPs: Below is summary information on selected MPs. 

 

DAVID PARKER (Labour): David Parker has spoken against Israel and said that Gerry Brownlee’s attempts to repair the damage over 2334 were ‘ill-considered’.

 

GARETH MORGAN (The Opportunities Party): Gareth Morgan spoke against Israel after he was given a tour by Palestinian representatives. Similarly, he praised North Korea after being given a tour by North Korean representatives.

 

MARAMA DAVIDSON (Greens): Marama Davidson has taken a strong anti-Israel stance, calling it an apartheid state. She has admitted that most of her knowledge about Israel has come from extreme anti-Israel activists.

 

SIMON O’CONNOR (National): Simon O’Connor was one of the few National MPs who expressed disappointment at the time Resolution 2334 was passed.

  

NZ-Israel Parliamentary Friends Group Members: Below is summary information about the MPs who are part of the New Zealand-Israel Parliamentary Friendship Group.

 

ALFRED NGARO (National): Alfred Ngaro chairs the NZ-Israel Parliamentary Friendship group but has not made any public statements on the issues.

 

BRETT HUDSON (National): Brett Hudson is a member of the NZ-Israel Parliamentary Friendship group but has not made any public statements on the issues.

 

CHRIS BISHOP (National): Chris Bishop is a member of the NZ-Israel Parliamentary Friendship group but has not made any public statements on the issues.

 

CHRISTOPHER FINLAYSON (National): Chris Finlayson is a member of the NZ-Israel Parliamentary Friendship group but has not made any public statements on the issues.

 

DARROCH BALL (NZ First): Darroch Ball is a member of the NZ-Israel Parliamentary Friendship group but has not made any public statements on the issues.

 

DAVID SEYMOUR (Act): David Seymour is pro-Israel. He recognises that New Zealand shares with Israel values such as democracy and individual freedom. He has questioned New Zealand’s co-sponsorship of 2334 and called it a “misstep”.

 

IAN McKELVIE (National): Ian McKelvie is a member of the NZ-Israel Parliamentary Friendship group but has not made any public statements on the issues.

 

JACQUI DEAN (National): Jacqui Dean is a member of the NZ-Israel Parliamentary Friendship group but has not made any public statements on the issues.

 

JULIE ANNE GENTER (Greens): Julie Anne Genter is a member of the NZ-Israel Parliamentary Friendship group but has not made any public statements on the issues.

 

KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI (National): Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi is a member of the NZ-Israel Parliamentary Friendship group but has not made any public statements on the issues.

 

MARK MITCHELL (National): Mark Mitchell is a member of the NZ-Israel Parliamentary Friendship group but has not made any public statements on the issues.

 

PAUL FOSTER-BELL (National): Paul Foster-Bell has said he supports Israel’s right to security and he has advocated for enhanced trade and investment relations.

 

RON MARK (NZ First): Ron Mark is a member of the NZ-Israel Parliamentary Friendship group but has not made any public statements on the issues.

 

WINSTON PETERS (NZ First): Winston Peters has taken the strongest public stand for Israel in recent times, questioning 2334 and the process by which Murray McCully allowed New Zealand to co-sponsor it.

 

 

Information used in this guide has been gathered from news reports and official Parliament records also. Further, we also gave each party and MP in this guide the opportunity to challenge or clarify their positions before publication (31 Aug 2017).

 

The statements included in this survey represent a snapshot of the politicians’ opinions. For a more detailed assessment of where each MP stands on these issues, readers are welcome to write to the MPs for clarification.

 

For more detail on the respective party and politican positions go to the Israel Institute website here, visit the Institute's guide and click on the relevant icons and images.

 
 
 

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