NZ Jewish community calls to keep Israel embassy open
The New Zealand Jewish community calls on the governments of New Zealand and Israel to work together to keep the Israeli Embassy in Wellington open, New Zealand Jewish Council spokesperson Juliet Moses says.
"The Israeli Embassy plays a vital role in Jewish life in New Zealand. It supports and promotes Jewish festivals and cultural activities, and facilitates business links between the two nations. The Embassy also has a key role in engaging with other religious groups throughout New Zealand.
"The Embassy is also playing a pivotal part in next year's 100 year commemorations of the ANZAC campaign in what is now Israel. It would be disappointing if the cooperation between the two countries on this historic event was lost.
"Foreign Minister Murray McCully has said Ambassador Itzhak Gerberg has been recalled for consultation. The New Zealand Jewish community hopes no further action is taken and both governments will focus on keeping the Israeli Embassy open," Juliet Moses says.