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NZ's new Foreign Minister working to right McCully’s wrong

New Zealand’s new Foreign Minister working to right McCully’s wrong

One of Gerry Brownlee’s first acts after becoming Foreign Minister was to offer an olive branch to Israel in the wake of Resolution 2334. Brownlee wrote to Israeli Prime Minister expressing his “desire for the Israeli-New Zealand relationship to get back on track.” He said the resolution, co-sponsored by New Zealand and passed last December, had been “premature” and implied it should not have passed without Israel’s support.

The text of the resolution has also been roundly condemned by leaders of Western countries and has been criticised for emboldening radicals. Even Australia, a country that did not vote on the resolution, was outspoken against it. Australian Foreign Minister Bishop condemned it as “one-sided” and Prime Minister Turnbull criticised all countries that “chastised Israel alone’’.

Brownlee did not comment on the fact that his predecessor Murray McCully did not seek cabinet approval to sponsor and vote on the resolution and nor would he be drawn on outright condemning the text. However, he said that New Zealand should not “pronounce” how either party involved should behave, beyond condemning terrorism, but that the solution to conflict in the Middle East would be achieved by the people who live there. When questioned further about Resolution 2334, he diplomatically said "I’m not going to make a statement about whether we were right or wrong … what we have got is a relationship with Israel which is an important country in that part of the world for stability in that part of the world.”

New Zealand’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Gerard van Bohemen, earlier admitted that, when Murray McCully decided to go ahead with sponsoring Resolution 2334 without cabinet approval, they knew it would be an insult to Israel. New Zealand’s role in co-sponsoring the resolution, which was based on a Palestinian draft, with Malaysia, Senegal and Venezuela led to Israel recalling its ambassador to New Zealand. It is heartening to see Brownlee working swiftly to mend the errors of McCully and restore a relationship with Israel.

Despite the attempts of Murray McCully and Prime Minister Bill English to explain the resolution as being ‘longstanding policy’, Brownlee’s statements in his first days as Foreign Minister could be seen as recognition that New Zealand was out of step with other democracies. Brownlee says he expects his letter will enable the respective foreign ministries to start discussions with a view toward re-establishing a diplomatic connection.


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