Prime Minister Bill English has commented in support of the New Zealand position on the United Nations vote that condemned Israeli settlements.
NZ Herald reports:
Speaking today before he flew out to Europe for an official visit, Prime Minister Bill English said the issues surrounding the resolution were highly politicised in Israel.
“But the position of the New Zealand Government should have been well understood … we have got a realistic understanding of the pressures in the Middle East. That’s why in our time on the Security Council we wanted to see some advancement on the Middle East peace process. And the resolution in that sense is pretty balanced.
That sounds much the same as Murray McCully has said.
“New Zealand has been a long time friend of Israel, we have a range of connections, trade, increasingly technology and innovation. And it would be a shame if us expressing a view that might not line up exactly with the Israeli Government was seen as somehow being unfriendly or changing that relationship.”
Some advancement on the Middle East peace process would be a good thing, but the prospects don’t look good at the moment.
Both Israel and the Palestinians have to want a lasting solution, and it’s doubtful either do.