A United Nations resolution that lead to a diplomatic freeze between New Zealand and Israel is being called a “blemish” on our international reputation, after a report by international legal experts denounced the resolution.

The resolution condemned Israeli settlements in Palestine and was co-sponsored by New Zealand and three other countries at the UN last December. It lead to Israel withdrawing its ambassador to New Zealand and barring the New Zealand ambassador in Israel.

Diplomatic relations were restored in June after then-Prime Minister Bill English wrote to Israel expressing regret over the fallout from the resolution.

A report from 24 international law experts has now said the resolution “fell short of an open, balanced, and thorough consideration of all the relevant factual and legal issues [which] resulted in legal findings that did not adequately take into account the legal, historical, political and military complexities of these territories and peoples”.

 

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