Will Winston Peters be Israel Lobby’s Trojan Horse?

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The Israel Institute’s New Zealand co-director Paul Moon was quoted as follows: Whichever party is put into power, the almost inevitable alliance with New Zealand First presents an opportunity for New Zealand to recalibrate its relations with Israel. Effectively, the government could draw a line under its disastrous sponsorship of UN Resolution 2334, and look to strengthen its ties with Israel.

The Israel Institute of New Zealand, in an article entitled Post Election outlook for New Zealand’s relationship with Israel, noted with pleasure that Winston Peters was now in the position of ‘king maker’. The article considered it was likely that a number of long-time National supporters had voted for Peters in this election because of his support for Israel. The Israel Institute hoped to see what it called clearer leadership on Israel if Bill English were to be in a position to form a government with support from Winston Peters. The Israel Institute’s New Zealand co-director Paul Moon was quoted as follows: Whichever party is put into power, the almost inevitable alliance with New Zealand First presents an opportunity for New Zealand to recalibrate its relations with Israel. Effectively, the government could draw a line under its disastrous sponsorship of UN Resolution 2334, and look to strengthen its ties with Israel.

International Law

Never mind the fact that Resolution 2334, incontrovertibly, brands Israel’s actions as being in violation of international humanitarian law and relevant resolutions. The Israel Institute regards the Resolution as disastrous because it exposes Israel’s violations of international humanitarian law. Even Israel’s most ardent ally, the United States of America, felt unable to vote against the Resolution, which confirms the fact that Israel’s behaviour has no legal validity.

The imposition of Israeli settlements on belligerently-Occupied Palestinian land constitutes a war crime under the provisions of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. Israel’s settlement programme violates international law and a number of conventions, including United Nations Security Resolutions 446 (1979), 452 (1979), 465 (1980), and, most recently, 2334 (2016). Israel is intent upon using its extremist settlers to superimpose its Zionist rule over the whole of historic Palestine. Statements and actions by Israel’s leaders demonstrate clearly that they are bent on both the annexation of the whole of Jerusalem and irreversible destruction of Palestine’s territorial contiguity.

NZ First’s foreign-affairs and trade policy opposes the previous government’s sponsorship of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334. NZ First’s website claims that the party promotes diplomacy as the first option in resolving international conflict. Yet it opposes the National-led Government’s sponsorship of UNSC2334. Considering that the Security Council Resolution quite rightly condemns Israel’s inhumane, armed violations of international law, New Zealand First needs to explain where the diplomacy might be in opposing a Resolution against such violence. This is a Resolution, after all, that passed without a single vote against. Will Labour and the Greens tolerate any attempt by New Zealand First to soften the pressure brought upon Israel through the adoption of UNSCR 2334?

Israel, the only Western state supplying weapons to Myanmar

Last month, the Zionist state’s lawyer, Shosh Shmueli, responding to a petition in the High Court of Justice from human rights activists demanding an end to the arms sales to Myanmar, told Israel’s High Court that it shouldn’t interfere in the country’s foreign relations. An earlier statement by the Israeli Defence Ministry, in March, had referred to the matter as purely diplomatic. The violence against the Rohingya has intensified and, in the past month, some 421,000 members of the Muslim minority have been forced to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh. The UN has also raised allegations of ethnic cleansing. Eitay Mack, the petitioners’ lawyer, noted that the European Union and the United States had imposed a trade embargo on Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. The junta’s leaders are boasting of their ties with Israel, the world’s most militarised nation, on their Facebook pages and the top US diplomat for refugees and migration, Simon Henshaw, has called on Suu Kyi to take action to protect the Rohingya. As annual UN General Assembly meetings continued, he expressed concern about reports of attacks, extrajudicial murders, rapes, burning of villages. Now Israel, the only country to have introduced nuclear weapons to the Middle East, plans to leave UNESCO.

UNESCO

True to its founding objectives, this month the UNESCO Director-General welcomed the awarding of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize to ICAN, the International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons. It is a resounding call to global responsibility and a stronger diplomacy for peace, she declared. This, of course, is anathema to Israel, which refuses to sign the treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Neither will Israel co-operate with the IAEA. For Israel, the United Nations is nothing but a hindrance to its ambitions. Thirty-seven countries founded the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation – UNESCO. New Zealand signed up to the Constitution of UNESCO, on 16 November 1945, which came into force on 4 November 1946. The world was seeking to create an organisation that would embody a genuine culture of peace. There was belief in the need to establish an organisation that would further the intellectual and moral solidarity of mankind in order to prevent the outbreak of yet another world war.

UNESCO and education

UNESCO is responsible for co-ordinating, among other things, international co-operation in education so that each child and citizen has access to good quality education; a basic human right and an indispensable prerequisite for sustainable development. Israel has a dismal record of disrupting education for Palestinians, both within Israel and in the Occupied territories. On 27 September, Israeli forces closed the tunnel created to control movement between 16 towns and villages in north-west Jerusalem. The move disrupted study for more than 4,000 students in some 50 schools. On 7 October, the Israeli Army raided the Abu Nour Al-Badawi Bedouin Community in al-Eizariya and broke into a school under construction that was intended for the education of 58 children. Israeli troops then robbed the site of construction equipment in order to prevent the school being built. There have been many complaints from European Union member states over the destruction by Israel of donated schools and educational facilities.

Post-election – moral responsibilities remain

New Zealand’s Palestine Solidarity Network is concerned that Israel may use our taxpayer money to fund its illegal Occupation. The New Zealand and Israeli governments may sign an innovation agreement that would see technology firms from both countries fast-tracked to receive funding from their respective government grants agencies. Far from bringing Israel to account for its violations of international law, outlined in UNSC Resolution 2334, the agreement would reward Israel, with both New Zealand and Israel jointly funding companies and universities in both countries, sharing research and information and engaging in joint ventures.

Palestine Solidarity Network spokesperson, Debbie Abbas, reminds us that in 2012, our SuperFund withdrew from some investments in Israeli companies because of Israel’s behaviour but now . . . we are backing off from the international legal consensus of making Israel accountable for its actions against Palestinian civilians, she says, adding that our Government has refused to provide a copy of a film production agreement made last year with Israel. She noted that Israel goes into these bilateral deals for political reasons, to make it appear there is business as usual and divert attention away from Israel’s apartheid structure. It’s a strategy not dissimilar to apartheid era South Africa when it used international sport to divert attention away from its repression of the black majority in South Africa.

Last June, Israel hosted an ISDEF military exhibition it claims is recognised as the summit of business and defence enterprises that are, for Israel, a top national priority. Israel is looking for military solidarity because, it claims, the strategic realities that Israel faces dictate the need for close co-operation, communication and innovation. Yet, as ISDEF’s mission statement also says, 86% of attendees have buying power making ISDEF a highly effective platform for rapid business growth. That is where wealth is directed, and that is how modern science and technology are being harnessed. Israel leads the world in population-control for profit and it would be nothing less than complicity if New Zealand were to ignore Israel’s intransigence regarding UNSC Resolution 2334 and take part in joint ventures.

Foreign policy

On 4 January 2017, the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade (MFAT) website carried the following announcement that began:

UN Security Council adopts historic resolution on Israeli settlements

The United Nations Security Council has reaffirmed that the establishment by Israel of settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory, has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace. In passing Resolution 2334, the Security Council reiterated its demand that Israel immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and that it fully respect all of its legal obligations in this regard.

The announcement ended with a comment by New Zealand’s Permanent Representative, Gerard van Bohemen:

every settlement creates false hope for the settlers that the land will one day be part of a greater Israel. Every settlement takes land away from Palestinians needing homes or farmland or roads.

In anger at the UN Security Council approval of Resolution 2334, the Israeli Foreign Ministry has announced a determination to withhold US$6m from payments due to the United Nations.

In 1967, Theodor Meron, the Israeli Government’s chief legal adviser at the time, warned his government that, according to international law, a nation may not settle its citizens on land that it has gained by conquest to usurp the rights of the original residents.

The world’s most intractable conflict

The Balfour Declaration, the origin of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, has had many tragic consequences. The greatly increased support for the Zionist ideology led to the creation of Mandatory Palestine, which later became Israel and the Palestinian territories. The British Government’s lack of consideration for the indigenous Palestinian people was uncompromisingly expressed in the following remarks made by Balfour himself: . . . in Palestine we do not propose even to go through the form of consulting the wishes of the present inhabitants of the country…. Zionism, be it right or wrong, good or bad, is rooted in age-long traditions, in present needs, in future hopes, of far profounder import than the desires and prejudices of the 700,000 Arabs who now inhabit that ancient land………. In short, so far as Palestine is concerned, the Powers have made no statement of fact which is not admittedly wrong, and no declaration of policy which, at least in the letter, they have not always intended to violate.

Questions for Winston Peters and the incoming government:

On 3 July this year, New Zealand MPs were sent an email that drew attention to Israel’s criminal behaviour towards Palestinian children. Does Winston Peters accept that these gross violations of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, ratified by New Zealand on 13 March 1993, are a matter for world community concern?

On Wednesday morning, 28 June, the Israeli Occupation Army raided Jubbet al-Dhib, plundering the village of 96 solar panels and destroying items that were less easy to remove. They had all been donated by the Netherlands. The New York Times reported that the Dutch Foreign Affairs Ministry was furious. But there was nothing extraordinary about Israel’s conduct. Israel had similarly plundered the village of a solar-powered public lighting system in 2009. The purpose of the Zionist state’s military Occupation of the West Bank is not for the benefit of the Palestinian people, quite the reverse – Israel’s presence there is plainly malevolent and self-serving. Does Winston Peters believe that collaborating with Israel, even as it continues to behave thus, would in any way help to modify its behaviour?

Jubbet al-Dhib lies in the shadow of two illegal Israeli settlement colonies, El David and Noqedim. The Noqedim settlement is home to Israeli Defence Minister, Avigdor Lieberman. On top of these oppressive settlements, Palestinian villagers have to cope with the fanatical presence of a number of additional Israeli colonial outposts that exist in violation of both Israeli and international law. Nevertheless, the outposts still enjoy connection to the Israeli power grid and access to other Occupation infrastructure. Israel demolished more than 300 Palestinian buildings and infrastructure facilities in 2016. According to The Jerusalem Post, all of them had been installed with the support of international organisations or with the financial help of the European Union. The Israeli Government’s decision to prevent the use of solar energy technology in Jubbet al-Dhib can have only one purpose, and that is to increase the villagers’ suffering so that they will give up and leave their homes, thus making it easier to expand settlements. Does Winston Peters believe that Israel has any respect for the Palestinian people? We ask Mr Peters to please explain whether he approves or disapproves of Israel’s present and past behaviour.

Sanctions

Security Council Resolution 2334 passed 14-0. Now clearly isolated, Israel’s response was far from promising. Israeli PM Netanyahu expressed fury over UNSC 2334, threatening that: If you continue to promote this resolution from our point of view it will be a declaration of war. It will rupture the relations and there will be consequences. Netanyahu believes he can afford to be scornful because UN Resolution 2334 has no sanctions with which to call Israel to account. The Israeli Government did believe it had the right to impose sanctions of a sort upon New Zealand though because, after relenting a little following the withdrawal of its ambassador, the Israeli Embassy said, until further notice no more sanctions would be imposed against New Zealand.

MFAT has the following to say about UN sanctions:

Sanctions apply pressure to countries that threaten peace, have harmful policies or don’t co-operate with international law.

MFAT also informs us that:

Sanctions are a common measure that the United Nations Security Council takes to enforce its decisions. As a UN member, New Zealand is bound to follow the Security Council’s decisions. The United Nations Act 1946 means our Government can respond quickly where necessary and impose or remove sanctions when the Security Council makes a decision. While we don’t have standalone legislation to impose our own sanctions independently of the Security Council, we can impose other sanctions such as travel bans on people entering our country. We ask Winston Peters, in view of Israel’s determination to defy the world community, is he willing to support moves to request the Security Council to impose sanctions upon Israel until it ceases to violate international humanitarian law? And would New Zealand First consider the imposition of travel bans upon Israeli individuals responsible for committing such crimes? If not, would he please explain why not.

Remember that MFAT also declares:

The protection of human rights is fundamental to achieving peace and stability, and New Zealand is known for its work to promote human rights internationally.

As the New Zealand First Leader will see, included among the sources for the information provided for these questions are The New York Times and Israeli newspapers Haaretz and The Jerusalem Post. This is reality, not opinion. Mr Peters, would you deny that requiring the Palestinian people to negotiate with Israel while, at the same time, they remain subject to belligerent, military Occupation, actually amounts to coercion? If you do not accept that observation we ask you to explain your reasoning in terms of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

The passing of UNSC Resolution 2334 is a timely reminder that the Israeli Occupation of Palestine lies at the epicentre of the growing Middle East crisis. The continuing failure to bring Israel to account puts at risk the very survival of international law, peace and stability. Given New Zealand First’s declared position regarding UNSC Resolution 2334, are Labour and the Greens prepared to oppose any attempt by Winston Peters and New Zealand First to reverse New Zealand Government support for international humanitarian law and Resolution 2334?

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About the author

Leslie Bravery

Leslie Bravery is a Londoner with vivid World War Two memories of the Nazi blitz on his home town. In 1947/1948 His father explained to him what was happening to the Palestinians thus: “Any ideology or political movement that creates refugees in the process of realising its ambitions must be inhuman and should be opposed and condemned as unacceptable.” What followed confirmed this assessment of the Zionist entity a hundredfold. Now a retired flamenco guitarist, with a lifelong interest in the tragedy of what happened to the Palestinian people, he tries to publicise their plight. Because the daily injustices they suffer barely get a mention in the mainstream news media, Leslie edits/compiles a daily newsletter, In Occupied Palestine, for the Palestine Human Rights Campaign. These days, to preserve his sanity, he enjoys taking part in a drama group whenever possible!

27 Comments

  1. countryboy says:

    “Will Winston Peters be Israel Lobby’s Trojan Horse?”

    OMG? Sooooo surprised! Who would have thought it? Well I never…
    Beggars belief… Shocked! That’s what I am. Shocked. Dismayed too. Stunned. Disillusioned. Floored. Flabbergasted. Can’t believe it! I’m having an attack of the vapours, in both connotations! Noooooooo !? Surely not. Not Little King Winnie? Mr Pious Pinstripes? The tobacco lobbyists nicotine embalmed professional liar of choice? Mr ‘No’ sign now says ‘Yes’ Baahahahahaha ahah aha a a a !

    You know what’s going to happen right? We Kiwis, all of us. Brown, white, beige etc will be forced to live in exile on Stweart Island as the Israeli paramilitary take pot shots at us off Bluff Hill. Oi vey ! I feel a bout of spiritual chicanery coming on!

    Flying Lizards
    https://youtu.be/W25_jgiY51I

    For the hearing impaired.
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    • Michael says:

      The problem with you whites is you forget that Maori had the highest casualty rates against you White Supremacists. Islam is Arab White Supremacy. You probably didn’t know Muhammad was white, or that Arabs are fiercely racist against blacks.

      That he said the devil was a black man. That Muslims have enslaved and killed africans, even other Muslim africans, as recently as Darfur in 2003.

      But we Maori don’t forget. So we will see you on the battlefield white boy.

      https://wikiislam.net/wiki/Qur%27an,_Hadith_and_Scholars:Muhammad%27s_White_Complexion

      • Andrea says:

        “You probably didn’t know Muhammad was white,”

        He probably didn’t, either.

        It wasn’t all that long ago that the Irish(!) were being described as ‘coloured’ in America and Britain.

        When it comes to hurts and indignation – have a go at this one: https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/oct/23/jerusalem-rooftop-divided-israel-season-culture

        The piece on Koko Deri.

      • countryboy says:

        You’re coming across as a tad racist there @MICHAEL? I don’t mind being regarded as a ‘boy’ given how ancient I sometimes feel. But if you want to divide us humans by skin colour, then kock yourself out. Soooo last century. You’re the one sounding like your’e one piece short of a jigsaw puzzle.

        And speaking of seeing me on a battle field? Would that involve Israeli made weapons ? The ones they trial on Palestinians, including women and kids and lets not forget animals?

        I think you might need an early night.

  2. Michael says:

    Unless you Europeans are prepared to go home to Europe, I’d shut up if I were you. Half of the Israeli Jews are Mizrahi, with ZERO European DNA, 100% Middle Eastern phenotypes.

    Can you say the same in regards to being Tangata Whenua?

    • Mike says:

      I wish I’d known this before the election, I certainly wouldn’t have voted for NZ first.

      Half the Jews may very well be Mizrahi. It’s the other half who behave so very badly.

      In contrast to the Zionist murders and ethnic cleansing, and destruction of countless Palestinian villages.
      The ongoing relentless dispossession and constant harassment and ill treatment of the native Palestinians.
      The Zionist brain washing of the Israeli school children, so they grow up not knowing the difference between right and wrong.

      The Arab armies who conquered and liberated Jerusalem from Byzantine control, allowed the formerly barred Jews back into Jerusalem, even allowing them to choose wherever they wanted to live.

      No one, Jewish, Maori or Pakeha, should support these Zionist War Criminals.

    • Mike says:

      I wish I’d known this before the election, I certainly wouldn’t have voted for NZ first.

      Half the Israeli Jews may very well be Mizrahi,it’s the other half who behave so very badly.

      In contrast to the Zionist murders,ethnic cleansing,and destruction of countless Palestinian villages, and the ongoing relentless dispossession and constant harassment and ill treatment of the native Palestinians.

      When the Arab armies conquered and liberated Jerusalem from Byzantine control,they allowed the formerly barred Jews back into Jerusalem.Even allowing them to choose wherever they wanted to live.

    • Michael, why is my “spidey sense” tingling that you’re a troll engaging as an agent-provacateur?

      Ah, because you are.

    • PB says:

      You misunderstand the issue.

      It’s not where the Israeli Jews came from.

      It’s what they’ve been doing to the people who were already there for almost 60 years now.

  3. Mike says:

    http://imemc.org/article/israel-seizes-dutch-funded-solar-panels-in-west-bank/

    Relentless vile and cowardly behaviour from Israel. Hope Peters will have something to say in his role as foreign minister.

  4. Mike says:

    In contrast to the Zionist murders,ethnic cleansing,and destruction of countless Palestinian villages, and the ongoing relentless dispossession and constant harassment and ill treatment of the native Palestinians.

    When the Arab armies conquered and liberated Jerusalem from Byzantine control,they allowed the formerly barred Jews back into Jerusalem.Even allowing them to choose wherever they wanted to live.

  5. Andrewo says:

    One hopes that someone looks after our interests with Israel.

    It is a technologically advanced society which has much to offer us, particularly in agriculture and water conservation.

    As the only liberal democracy in the Middle East we also have a duty to support it from a purely moral stance.

    • Sam Sam says:

      Israel is nothing with out the 2 $billion in U.S military aid and neither is the U.S goal of global hegemony anything with out Isreal. If you can’t talk about these things properly then you have no right at all to talk about moral integrity.

    • Mike says:

      “We have a duty to support it from a purely moral stance”

      You mean the only liberal democracy in the middle east that sends spies to steal NZ passports and whose idea of water conservation is both denying it to, and stealing it from the Palestinians? Or is it the liberal democracy that doesn’t have any permanent borders and instead just steals more and more of Palestinian (and Syrian) land and Palestinian Gas resources. Really! Is that your idea of a liberal democracy?

      Palestine was a thriving agricultural community long before the Zionists concocted the greening of the desert myth. As for being a liberal democracy, FFS.

    • John W says:

      A “liberal democracy” like USA?

      Run for the few and using the many.

    • Andrea says:

      I offered this to Michael above. I’m duplicating it for you, too.

      https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/oct/23/jerusalem-rooftop-divided-israel-season-culture

      There are some good and decent people in Israel, there’s no doubting that at all.

      But there’s something about walls, and religious places, and oppressive orthodoxy, and young folks in required military service, that is just a leetle bit creepy. And people who cut off water, power, and sewage, and prevent local people from ekeing out their food by fishing – well. Morally defective is about the kindest I can manage.

      Sorry.

      Sort of.

    • AndrewO, I was unaware that being “a technologically advanced society which has much to offer us, particularly in agriculture and water conservation” is a license to oppress your neighbours?

      In effect, you’re advocating supremacy through advanced technology?

      Your moral compass should be returned to it’s manufacturer for a major factory re-set.

    • Sally's Husband says:

      “It is a technologically advanced society which has much to offer us, particularly in agriculture and water conservation.”

      So you offer that as an excuse for Israel to violate international law and commit violent acts against the Palestinians??

      If that’s your defence, you don’t have a defence.

  6. Mike says:

    “We have a duty to support it from a purely moral stance”

    You mean the only liberal democracy in the middle east that sends spies to steal NZ passports and whose idea of water conservation is both denying it to, and stealing it from the Palestinians? Or is it the liberal democracy that doesn’t have any permanent borders and instead just steals more and more of Palestinian (and Syrian) land and Palestinian Gas resources. Really! Is that your idea of a liberal democracy?

    Palestine was a thriving agricultural community long before the Zionists concocted the greening of the desert myth. As for being a liberal democracy, FFS.

    PS. I don’t know why this blog sometimes posts comments immediately and sometimes not. So sorry if I’m doubling up comments

  7. Mike says:

    “We have a duty to support it from a purely moral stance”

    You mean the only liberal democracy in the middle east that sends spies to steal NZ passports and whose idea of water conservation is both denying it to, and stealing it from the Palestinians? Or is it the liberal democracy that doesn’t have any permanent borders and instead just steals more and more of Palestinian (and Syrian) land and Palestinian Gas resources. Really! Is that your idea of a liberal democracy?

    Palestine was a thriving agricultural community long before the Zionists concocted the greening of the desert myth. As for being a liberal democracy, FFS.

    Apologies if this is yet another duplicate post.

  8. simonm says:

    Paul Moon is a “Professor” of History at AUT in the same way that Brian Tamaki is a “Bishop” at Destiny Church.

    • Actually, SimonM, Paul Moon is a Professor of History at AUT; http://www.aut.ac.nz/profiles/paul-moon

      I see no correlation with Brian Tamaki’s self-appointed role as a “Bishop”, since Professor Moon was, and still is, employed by the AUT.

      • Syed Musaffa says:

        Bless Israel and NZ will be blessed, Islam was formed 600 years after Christianity and more than 5000 years after Judiasm, UNSCO, is bought over my Arabs. Israel belongs to the Jews.
        Now your history get the facts before taking sides.

  9. The subject of my article seems to have been totally bypassed by commentators.
    It is vital to urgently seek answers to the questions I have raised here and there is abundant evidence presented to justify concern.
    It would be encouraging if supporters of Palestinian human rights were to get behind this, directly challenge Winston Peters and ask Labour and the Greens to clarify their positions regarding the New Zealand First Leader’s statements regarding UNSCR 2334.

  10. Marc says:

    Despite of the charm and nice words by Jacinda, New Zealand’s new government will not be all that much different of previous ones.

    It will be ‘pragmatic’ on trade and foreign relations in general.

    Have you noted any mention on the disaster that the Rohingya face in Myanmar and as refugees in Bangla Desh now?

    https://www.unrefugees.org.nz/campaigns/nz?code=AW0017-45&source=Google&medium=CPC&campaign=Gen_Emergency_NZ&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI56CO2eqN1wIVzAcqCh2iDQJ7EAAYASAAEgIMoPD_BwE#oneoff

    Will Winston Peters speak out as Foreign Minister on human rights breaches in Russia, while trying to negotiate a free trade deal with them?

    Will Winston talk tough to the Saudis, to Israel, to Myanmar or any other nation or its government?

    I doubt it, New Zealand depends on its survival, at least under the present economic order, as part of the ‘global economy’, on EXPORTS of its primary and other goods and services.

    Hence Winston wants to go there, where the Nats did not even go (i.e. Russia).

    And Israel will do all to get Winston on board, if he is not a friend of them already, no matter who is their government.

    Helen Clark did not raise major issues when in charge, nor did John Key, nor English.

    Jacinda will rely on Winston and his ‘experience’, Mr Peters she calls him, so do not expect any significant changes in New Zealand’s trade and foreign relations.

  11. Marc says:

    “Questions for Winston Peters and the incoming government:

    On 3 July this year, New Zealand MPs were sent an email that drew attention to Israel’s criminal behaviour towards Palestinian children. Does Winston Peters accept that these gross violations of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, ratified by New Zealand on 13 March 1993, are a matter for world community concern?”

    You know what, Winston will not want to answer to such questions, or have a rather ‘diplomatic’ excuse to give. As for the issues described above, the sad truth is, MOST New Zealanders do not really care either, otherwise they would long have taken a clearer stand, and also attended protests by our Palestinian community in higher numbers.

    None of that is happening, as the middle class Kiwis are too pre-occupied with feathering their own nests, with consumerism and lifestyle choices for themselves, and as the poorer ones are too busy struggling for their own survival.

    The better off will in large numbers also not care, as they live off trade with many nations, who put the butter on our bread, human rights issues would only put a fly in the ointment, they rather would not wish to see there.