“Village idiot” supports this nomination by saying:
What can they do? Send troops? Sanctions? Expel the Israeli ambassador? Do we even have one? He’s been very quiet.
I think McCully’s approach is even handed and not the knee-jerk kind of reaction we might have expected from a Government beholden to the Greens.
I just cannot imagine that New Zealand can have any effective input, unless an International response is commissioned. New Zealand may fancy itself as an International peace-broker, but I think the Middle East is a bit bigger of a fish than any New Zealand initiative could fry.
New Zealand requestiing “observer status at negotiations” suggests exactly what I am saying, that NZ is actually small fry when it comes to having real value in any of these situations. It’s a far cry from helping out with Fiji’s squabbles (not that we’ve done much there) or Timor, to being of any benefit in what is probably the oldest continuous conflict in human history.