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18 November 2017 - 1 Kislev 5778 - א' כסלו ה' אלפים תשע"ח
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Relations warm up between New Zealand and Israel E-mail
New Zealand’s newly appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs Gerry Brownlee contacted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last month in an effort to restore diplomatic relations.

Brownlee received his ministerial warrant on 2 May, Israel’s Independence Day, and hours later wrote to Netanyahu to get the relationship back on track. “I’ve sent a letter to Mr Netanyahu yesterday, firstly congratulating them on their national day but expressing a desire for the Israeli-New Zealand relationship to get back on track and to do that by recognising that we’ve got synergies and innovation and agriculture and various other things like that,” he told local media.

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 the 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.
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