2017-05-10 / World News

New Zealand reaches out to restore Israel relations

New Zealand’s newly appointed foreign affairs minister has contacted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an effort to restore diplomatic relations.

Gerry Brownlee received his ministerial warrant on Israel’s Independence Day, and hours later wrote to Netanyahu to get the relationship back on track.

Brownlee confirmed there is more work to be done but remains resolute about the importance of restoring the relationship to its prior strength.

In December, Israel withdrew its ambassador from New Zealand and postponed travel rights of its ambassador to Israel, based in Turkey, after New Zealand co-sponsored a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank. (JTA)

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