New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) will be calling in the Israeli Ambassador again this week to raise concerns about the situation in Gaza.
This week more than 50 people died and 2,700 were wounded while protesting the move of the United States Embassy to Jerusalem.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said yesterday that MFAT had met with Ambassador Itzhak Gerberg [pictured above] in the past fortnight and would call him in again following events this week.
Earlier this week, Ardern condemned the “devastating, one-sided loss of life” in Gaza, as the United States opens its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem.
The Prime Minister said decision to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv was a “step back” when it came to a peaceful, two-state resolution between Israelis and Palestinians.
The move is viewed as a blow by Palestinians, who want part of Jerusalem as capital for a possible future state.