INDEPENDENT NEWS

No further sanctions planned for NZ, Israeli embassy says

Published: Wed 28 Dec 2016 02:42 PM
Wednesday 28 December 2016 11:31 AM
No further sanctions planned for NZ, Israeli embassy says
By Paul McBeth
Dec. 28 (BusinessDesk) - Israel's administration doesn't have any more sanctions planned for New Zealand after recalling ambassador Itzhak Gerberg and blocking NZ's ambassador from travelling to the Middle Eastern nation.
Diplomatic relations soured over the Christmas holiday period after New Zealand co-sponsored a resolution in the United Nations Security Council criticising Israeli settlements as violating international law and undermining a two-state solution with Palestine. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered his foreign ministry to temporarily limit ties with the 12 UNSC members that voted in favour of the resolution, being Britain, France, Russia, China, Japan, Ukraine, Angola, Egypt, Uruguay, Spain, Senegal and New Zealand.
"Other than the fact that the ambassador has been recalled and the fact that the New Zealand ambassador to Israel Jonathan Curr is not allowed for the moment to visit Israel, there are no further sanctions," embassy spokeswoman Patricia Deen said. "We're just continuing with what we were doing, business as usual, and that's really it at this moment."
New Zealand's Foreign Minister Murray McCully met with Netanyahu last month during a trip to the Middle East, where the Israeli PM stressed the need for direct negotiations with Palestinians to find a two-state solution.
The two nations signed a film co-production agreement this year, and are also on the verge of signing an innovation agreement leading to joint research and development, which was pushed for by New Zealand’s chief scientist Peter Gluckman. He was part of a New Zealand Innovation mission to Israel in June led by Spark chief executive Simon Moutter.
Embassy spokeswoman Deen said current initiatives are still going ahead, "particularly in regard to the business innovation agreement, so that's all go."
New Zealand exported $26.2 million of goods to Israel in the year ended June 30, and imported $115.5 million of goods. Investment flows were much smaller, with just $1 million of New Zealand investment into Israel in the March year and $20 million of Israeli investment in New Zealand.
(BusinessDesk)
BusinessDesk
Independent, Trustworthy New Zealand Business News
The Wellington-based BusinessDesk team led by former Bloomberg Asian top editor Jonathan Underhill and Qantas Award-winning journalist and commentator Pattrick Smellie provides a daily news feed for a serious business audience.
Contact BusinessDesk
Email:

Next in Business, Science, and Tech

Norris steps down as Fletcher chair after $486M provision
By: BusinessDesk
Concerns with suggestion to “scrap” fishing monitoring
By: WWF
Genesis’ plan to keep coal burning until 2030 stuns
By: Genesis
NZ Prime Minister recognises science that saved kiwifruit
By: Plant and Food Research
Fund encourages lower-emissions technology
By: New Zealand Government
Formica may be non-core, saleable asset for Fletcher
By: BusinessDesk
Investors have 4-month wait for 'new-look' Fletcher Building
By: BusinessDesk
MARKET CLOSE: NZ shares dragged lower by Fletcher Building
By: BusinessDesk
UPDATE: Fletcher stock drops 13% as Norris steps down
By: BusinessDesk
Fletcher extends trading halt until Wednesday
By: BusinessDesk
Scale of Fletcher debacle “gobsmacking”
By: E tu Union
Sub-Contractors: Fletcher's Needs to Place Blame on Doorstep
By: Specialist Trade Contractors' Federation
Embattled Fletcher Building to face protest tomorrow
By: Save Our Unique Landscape
We welcome refusal to bail-out Fletcher Building
By: New Zealand Taxpayers' Union
Fishing boss admits it's "commonplace" to not report bycatch
By: Forest and Bird
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media