Andrew Little has stated support for the Unites Nations vote against Israeli settlements.
Two weeks ago Whale Oil reported Little as saying:
It would be a weird friendship if one of its conditions was to accept uncritically everything it did. While I respect Israel’s right to defend itself against hostile neighbours, and it has a few, it doesn’t have the right to appropriate land that is not legally its land.
The world is prepared to support a peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, and is frustrated Israel says it wants peace but acts in ways contrary to it. I want peace for Israel, and peace for the Palestinians. I also want both to observe the international rule of law.
Yesterday from NZ Herald: NZ right to condemn Israeli settlements despite ‘bluster’: Andrew Little
Backing a UN resolution against Israeli settlements was the right thing to do despite “bluster” from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Labour leader Andrew Little says.
“The international community has clearly expressed a view that Israel needs to take seriously the two state solution. Which it’s rhetoric says that it believes in, but it’s actions suggest something else.”
“I think once you get past the bluster of Benjamin Netanyahu and focus on what the real issues are, and the international law issues are, then it’s a no-brainer. And it’s in everybody’s interests for pressure to go, not just Israel but on the Palestinian Authority, to achieve a lasting settlement.”
Little said despite the controversy surrounding the issue of settlements, it was necessary to “stand back and say, ‘what is right?'”
“The State of Israel has internationally-recognised borders, it is settling its own people outside of those borders and encroaching on territory that ought to be the subject of a settled peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
“In the end there are bigger issues in the Middle East and bigger threats to Israel than just the Palestinian Authority. If that issue is settled then it makes it easier to deal with the other threats to Israel, and the international community wants Israel to be strong and secure and at peace.”
That sounds like it is based on good advice.