Bill English on UN Israel vote

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.


  1. Patzcuaro

     /  January 10, 2017

    In my view, by not vetoing the resolution, the US was just reminding Israel that while they (the US) support their (Israel’s) right to exist, it is not unconditional.

    NZ and the other countries that sponsored the resolution were essentially saying the same thing. The resolution didn’t question Israel’s right to exist, but it did say that they couldn’t just do whatever they wanted.

  2. Gezza

     /  January 10, 2017

    “Both Israel and the Palestinians have to want a lasting solution, and it’s doubtful either do”.

    I truly do find that hard to believe. Most people want their tamariki to grow up & have a good life, living in peace & security. Religion, ethnic cleansing history, plus Intractable Leaders with expansionist agendas & media manipulation are the main cause of this conflict. Hard for one side to give peace a chance when hostiles in both camps continually stoke the fire though.

  3. maggie bowcock

     /  January 11, 2017

    NZ ers have never been made aware that your support of Israel means you can force them to give up their legitmate land to a state run by the terror group Hamas as evident in this weeks attacks. You need to change your vote and leave the situation between the two countries involved. You are alienating our friendship with the usa as the new president supports Israel’s tiny land. Imagine if you were for forced to give the south island to our Maori population. The worst thing this vote has frightened Israelis and they are fearful of increasing attacks from all the countries that surround them now have a green light from us to attack. Your voting base is angry and distressed. You need to stand up to Kerry and obamo and not be weak. Don’t continue in this direction or your government will lose the confidence of it s people for sure.

    • Conspiratoor

       /  January 11, 2017

      Well said Maggie. I hope you stick around. Cheers,c

    • Gezza

       /  January 11, 2017

      Don’t listen to c Maggie. I have it on good authority from undisclosed sources that he is a suspicious character.