'Business as usual,' Israeli embassy says after Security Council vote

Foreign Minister Murray McCully

Israel's administration doesn't have any more sanctions planned for New Zealand after recalling its ambassador Itzhak Gerberg and blocking New Zealand's ambassador from travelling there.

Diplomatic relations soured afterr the pre-Christmas UN Security Council resolution that criticised Israeli settlements as violating international law and undermining a two-state solution with Palestine.

New Zealand co-sponsored the resolution with Senegal, Venezuela and Malaysia after the original sponsor, Egypt, pulled out under pressure from Israel and US President-elect Donald Trump.

But the Obama adminstration reversed long-standing US policy to veto resolutions on Israel in the Security Council and abstained in the vote, allowing the resolution to pass with the support of all other members: the UK, France, Russia, China, Japan, Ukraine, Egypt, Angola, Uruguay and Spain.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered his foreign ministry to temporarily limit ties with countries that sponsored the resolution, namely Senegal and New Zealand, as Israel doesn't have diplomatic ties with Venezuela or Malaysia.

'Business as usual'
"Other than the fact that the ambassador has been recalled and the fact that the New Zealand ambassador to Israel, Jonathan Curr, is not allowed for the moment to visit Israel, there are no further sanctions," Israel embassy spokeswoman Patricia Deen says.

"We're just continuing with what we were doing, business as usual, and that's really it at this moment."

New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully met with Mr Netanyahu last month during a trip to the Middle East, where the Israeli PM stressed the need for direct negotiations with Palestinians to find a two-state solution.

Mr Netanyahu says Israel won't obey the resolution or change its settlements policy.

"Israel is a country with national pride and we do not turn the other cheek," he says.

"This is a responsible, measured and vigorous response, the natural response of a healthy people that is making it clear to the nations of the world that what was done at the UN is unacceptable to us."

Film, innovation agreements
The two nations signed a film co-production agreement this year and are also on the verge of signing an innovation agreement leading to joint research and development, which was pushed for by New Zealand's chief scientist Peter Gluckman.

He was part of a New Zealand Innovation mission to Israel in June led by Spark chief executive Simon Moutter.

Ms Deen says current initiatives are still going ahead, "particularly in regard to the business innovation agreement, so that's all go."

New Zealand exported $26.2 million of goods to Israel in the year ended June 30 and imported $115.5 million of goods. Investment flows were much smaller, with just $1 million of New Zealand investment into Israel in the March year and $20 million of Israeli investment in New Zealand.

(BusinessDesk)


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This story differs to what McCully is saying

Netanyahu phoned McCully and threatened him not to vote in favour of the UN resolution or it would " constitute a declaration of war "
Netanyahu is a complete nutter and even his own parliament are rallying around to distance themselves

Maybe Tim Hunter of the NBR could do a more comprehensive investigative article with the real facts ?

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McCully hasn't achieved much of note during his parliamentary life - apart from high profile criticism re the Saudi live sheep deal etc etc

But his sponsoring and sponsoring this UN resolution has alone catapulted him to legend status. This is a huge global win for NZ and humanity and will go down in history
To get all of the UN votes and the USA to abstain is amazing
This is as big as NZ leading the anti nuclear brigade

Well done Murray McCully

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That's nonsense. Obama set NZ up to progress the resolution.
Please do not infer Mr McCully knows more about the Israel/ Palestine problem than the net and yahoo!
Mr McCully, as usual, just did what was in his own personal interests, he did as he was told, like all well behaved lapdogs should.

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What and what your hero John Key best friend of Obama, told him to do before he resigned in a hurry

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Get real please.
Mr Key was not foriegn minister. Mr McCully was.
Anybody with an ounce of sense would know this was carefully choreographed within the UN.
Granted, Mr McCully probably got off on it.
But, much to the disappointment of Mr McCully and the likes of yourself it will not improve the situation, to the contrary, it may even exacerbate it. I wonder what moves Mr McCully and the U.N have planned for when the palestinians send another suicide bomber into Israel? Can you guess? Like, "it had nothing to do with us taking sides without backing it up"?
The Scribe? If you really believe this carefully crafted and choreographed "resolution" had something to do with Mr Key resigning, then it is you who has the problem.

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What's Israel ever done for NZ?

I say we should severe all ties with them until they pull their heads in and stop with the petty politics.

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It is NZ and the UN who are playing "petty politics", and NZ at least, should stop. Israel and Palestine have a problem.
For NZ to try and impose its solution is, to say the least, breathtakingly arrogant.
NZ and the UN have absolutely no intention to back up their resolution with positive action.
So please NZ, Mr McCully, The Scribe, anonymous et al. just pull your heads in. The problem is bigger, and more complicated than your combined intelligence can ever handle.

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If Israel wanted to, they could really re arrange the power structures in this country.

Given the brute ugliness of its colonial past, New Zealand seems like an excellent place for the diplomats in Israel’s Foreign Ministry to try out a new model that puts solidarity with other indigenous peoples on an equal footing with traditional government-to-government relations. Israel might start by sending some of the money it cut from the aid budget to Senegal—which joined New Zealand in sponsoring the anti-Israel vote at the UN—to help the impoverished Maoris build the capacity to organize themselves politically against centuries of dispossession. In doing so, Israeli legal experts and others will hopefully help the Maori to erect a framework for negotiations that addresses the continuing European occupation of 4 million acres of Maori land that was seized by force in 1863, in defiance of legal treaty obligations. Israel might also do well to receive a Maori ambassador alongside the ambassador from Wellington, to represent Maori interests to Jerusalem.

http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/221092/new-zealands-settler-problem

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That would sum up the Israeli's - anything goes as long as it suits them. Bugger everyone else

Funny how John Key resigned just a couple of weeks before this event - it may be a coincidence but would not have been a good look for a Jewish boy to be sponsoring this UN resolution
Maybe that was JK's position and he covered his bets?

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One can't help get the impression that Scribe would be anti anything Israel. He wouldn't be alone in history if biased in this way. To accuse them of self interest when they have themselves been under seige since 1948 is silly. It is a very complex issue. One may debate the lengths Israel goes to in self defense but I bet the Scribe has never lived under the constant threats Israel has....so, like McCully, I suspect he is not well placed to judge. Self interest is more readily defined by Murray McCully trying to make himself look like a player and advance the recently announced NZ trade mission to Iran by dumping on Israel. That is an act more reconcilable with the man behind the Saudi sheep deal.

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I am not anti semetic and feel for the Israeli's but there are always two sides to every conflict and I also feel for the Palestinians who are suffering from Israel's aggression - economic and via direct action.

Just like NZ took a position in 1939 to join the second world war and take on the German Nazi's - for the better good, NZ has again taken a position - for the better good. Don't forget every other country on the Security Council voted the same way - the USA by abstaining. My father fought the Germans in that war for the 'better good". Like most soldiers he was battle scarred for the rest of his life.

So don't use that lame excuse promoted by the Israeli's that anyone who disagrees with them is anti semetic.

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This is condescending and insulting to John Key, if not anti-Semitic.

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What crazy world do you live in to believe that Israel would want to disrupt a lonely island in the middle of the South Pacific, where the corner dairies of Palmerston North make up more annual revenue than what is exported to their country? These guys can't even get along with their neighbors on their front door-step, let alone the indigenous people of a country, quite literally, half way around the world and very isolated. There's a big difference between probability and possibility, with plausibility playing a key role.

Bizarre, bizarre thought patterns in that comment...

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Israeli legal experts, Maori's, land grievances and bucket loads of 'aid money' is your solution to what exactly? ... sounds like a powerful Christmas brew you're drinking there.

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Its concerning that an outgoing Minister can declare war on another country by its Prime Ministers point of reference.
I pray for peace in Jerusalem.

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Why are we sponsoring this rubbish, which is none of our business?
Kiwis are being detained and deported from Australia without going before a court and we stay silent!!!

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It's everyone's business Bob

You can't just sit by and ignore injustice
Did we ignore Hitler? And if we had of?

Did we ignore apartheid - No

Your simplistic view is absurd
In your world we should wait until an aggressor was on our shores before it was out problem. Problem with that theory is that it is too late.

The globe is now a small village with travel and technology
We all live in the same village Bob

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Good point Bob Watson. Nz is being cynically and transparently opportunistic getting involved in this matter. Perhaps the reason is the deep love affair we seem to have with one of the worst regimes on the planet - Iran. McCully and Todd MacLay have announced major trade mission to Tehran - just 2 weeks ago.

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rubbish bob ... criminals sent back here have already been in front of a court!!

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"New Zealand exported $26.2 million of goods to Israel in the year ended June 30 and imported $115.5 million of goods. Investment flows were much smaller, with just $1 million of New Zealand investment into Israel in the March year and $20 million of Israeli investment in New Zealand."

And so the mouse squeaked. This won't even make it to being a footnote of history. Yawn...

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