SYDNEY – Israel is waiting for an explanation from New Zealand regarding why it surprised Jerusalem and sponsored UN Security Council Resolution 2334 before there can be any talk of repairing the damaged ties between the two countries, a senior diplomatic official accompanying Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told The Jerusalem Post.
The official said that Israel was stunned by New Zealand’s sponsorship of the anti-settlement resolution, especially since New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully was in Israel just weeks before and did not mention the likelihood of such an initiative.
“The Foreign Minister met 90 minutes with the prime minister [Netanyahu], and didn’t say a word. Is this how friends act?” the official said.
New Zealand was one of four countries, along with Senegal, Venezuela and Malaysia, that sponsored the resolution after Egypt withdrew sponsorship in the waning days of the Obama Administration.
Israel has not diplomatic ties with Malaysia and Venezuela, and recalled its ambassador to New Zealand and Senegal in protest. The ambassadors have not been sent back,…