By Raphael Ahern for the Australian Jewish News…
“The New Zealand government’s view is that annexation would gravely undermine the two-state solution, breach international law, and pose significant risks to regional security”.
New Zealand has joined an ever-growing list of countries expressing “serious concern” about Israel’s planned annexation of large parts of the West Bank.
“New Zealand is a long-standing supporter of Israel’s right to live in peace and security. However, successive New Zealand governments have also been clear that Israeli settlements are in violation of international law and have negative implications for the peace process,” Foreign Minister Winston Peters said in a statement.
“The New Zealand government’s view is that annexation would gravely undermine the two-state solution, breach international law, and pose significant risks to regional security. We call on Israel to reconsider these plans,” he said.
Wellington continues to support a two-state solution and a “principled and balanced approach” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Peters, who is also deputy prime minister, went on to say.
The government of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern “stands ready to assist in any constructive way we can to support this process,” he added.
Read the full story on the Australian Jewish News here.
Read Foreign Minister Winston Peters’ statement here.