Israel threatened vote was ‘declaration of war’

It’s being reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu personally phoned Minister of Foreign Affairs Murray McCully prior to the Security Council vote on the resolution against Israeli settlements warning that a New Zealand vote would be a “declaration of war”.

That’s an over the top and disturbing threat.

Stuff: Israel warned New Zealand that UN resolution was ‘declaration of war’ – report

Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu personally phoned Minister of Foreign Affairs Murray McCully to warn him a UN resolution New Zealand co-sponsored was a “declaration of war,” according to a report.

Israeli publication Haaretzciting unnamed western diplomats, reported that a “harsh” phone call took place between the Israeli Prime Minister and McCully on the day of the vote.

“This is a scandalous decision. I’m asking that you not support it and not promote it,” Netanyahu reportedly told McCully.

“If you continue to promote this resolution from our point of view it will be a declaration of war. It will rupture the relations and there will be consequences.”

McCully reportedly refused to back down, according to Haaretz, telling Netanyahu the resolution was consistent with New Zealand policy on the dispute.

McCully’s office have confirmed to Stuff that a phone call between the Minister and Netanyahu took place just before the vote. They refused to publicly comment on the content of the conversation.

Our Minister of Foreign Affairs shouldn’t comment on conversations with Prime Ministers.

It seems very inappropriate that Israel, presumably the Prime Minister’s office, should be leaking conversations like this to media.

Earlier this week McCully publicly said that Israel shouldn’t be surprised by New Zealand’s position.

New Zealand has used its time on the Security Council to consistently called for a halt to settlements.

I wonder if Israel will declare war against the UK, Russia, France and China for voting for the resolution.

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23 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  28th December 2016

    Political posturing by Netanyahu. The reality is cited by NBR:

    “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.”

    https://www.nbr.co.nz/article/business-usual-israeli-embassy-says-after-security-council-vote-b-198312

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    • Quite serious posturing.

      But then why are they leaking this to media now?

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  28th December 2016

        Isn’t that the point of posturing? You have to be seen doing it. Netanyahu is posturing to his home audience and to the world. The local Israelis are telling NZ business not to worry. They have much more to lose than us given the trade imbalance in their favour.

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        • Conspiratoor

           /  28th December 2016

          you prompted me to research our trade with Israel. A drop in the dead sea, the equivalent of half a day’s trade with china. Your glamping empire probably generates more revenue than this country does from Israel

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  2. Klik Bate

     /  28th December 2016

    ‘SPOOF’ ALERT ❗

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  3. lucher1948

     /  28th December 2016

    Friends don’t take friends to the security council to back muslims then standing shoulder to shoulder with communists and islamist muslim countries, McCally the disgusting whimp who will be rewarded by something major happening to our exports or whatever,I take it Mc Cully has a rosy future when he’s rewarded for his action, maybe in saudi arabia???
    PS our new PMs religion(Catholicism)doesn’t like the jews as they were blamed for killing Jesus.When in power put the boot in right Bill English,just saying

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    • Blazer

       /  28th December 2016

      Netanyahoo is an obnoxious blowhard and posturing prat,and a bellicose ,bully to boot.Needed a lesson.

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  4. Patzcuaro

     /  28th December 2016
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  5. Are we at war with Israel then? Yeehaw! Let’s go kill us some Yids! Chaimy ain’t no match for our diggers! Hell, we’ll send in Willie Apiata, he’ll liberate Jerusalem for Christendom all by himself!

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  6. Blazer

     /  28th December 2016

    Jewish media …’NZ did it too….’desperation…

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

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  7. Strong For Life

     /  28th December 2016

    Would Obama have ordered the U.S. to abstain from voting on the U.N. resolution if Ms Clinton had won the recent Presidential election? I think not.

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  8. patupaiarehe

     /  28th December 2016

    A declaration of war? Hardly so, this is just NZ agreeing with the rest of the world, that Israel are doing something wrong. As C said above, we have nothing to lose by making a stand, alongside the rest of the world.

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    • PDB

       /  28th December 2016

      Something that escapes people like Lurch (Whaleoil in particular) is that you can still be a ‘friend of Israel’ and not agree with everything Israel says or does……….

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      • patupaiarehe

         /  28th December 2016

        Plenty escapes Lurch, for reasons I am not supposed to speculate on here… 😉 As for ‘The Whale’, he has to agree, if he wants another government funded holiday next year… I honestly don’t know enough about the situation there to voice an opinion on it. I only know what I’ve seen on TV, & read on the internet, so don’t consider myself informed at all….

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        • PDB

           /  28th December 2016

          Personally I think Slater is trying again to stir up anti-National fever amongst his followers using the Israel beat-up as an excuse because his real reason for hating National is because they have sidelined his mate Collins (but in the main his supporters were in the Bill English camp on that one).

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          • patupaiarehe

             /  28th December 2016

            Why speculate on his motives? Why not ask him on his blog? 😉

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            • patupaiarehe

               /  28th December 2016

              Go on Pants, do it. If you get hit by the monkey’s ‘ban hammer’, you can come back here and complain to a sympathetic audience… 😀

          • Yes. Up ticks have shown that despite his repeated efforts to trash English he hasn’t had anywhere near as much support for his agenda as pro-English.National comment.

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  9. Steven whalan

     /  1st January 2017

    At the time of the end before Christ returns all israels friends leave her!! But the world does not know that the centre of gods kingdom is Israel and we are only but minutes away from this becoming a reality.
    Thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

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