Murray McCully

You bet we will be celebrating when McCully goes

NZ Foreign Minister Murray McCully

Murray McCully has more cheek than a fat man’s bum.

Megaphone diplomacy and lecturing others is not the New Zealand way to conduct foreign relations, says outgoing Foreign Minister Murray McCully.

New Zealand’s default position is to be respectful, he said tonight on an independent foreign policy in a farewell speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs in Wellington.

“In pursing principles of democracy, the rule of law and human rights, we try to be constructive and ask ourselves whether others who might be the focus of critical scrutiny need a lecture, or need some help.

“The New Zealand way should always be to offer help.”

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McCully’s payoff?

I wonder if Murray McCully’s betrayal of Israel at the United Nations Security Council is related to this news:

President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan bestowed the Order of Zayed II (First Class) on Murray McCully, New Zealand?s Minister of Foreign Affairs. ? Read more »

Why is Bill English still running interference for Murray McCully?

Winston Peters is holding Murray McCully to account, via Bill English.

Bill English may think this is a bit of a joke, but he knows that several large donors don’t think the same as him and have shut their wallets to National.

Prime Minister Bill English has confirmed Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully did not have approval from cabinet to support a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution criticising Israel, says New Zealand First. ? Read more »

More information on McCully’s betrayal of Israel

More information is coming out via non-traditional media about the utter betrayal of Israel by Murray McCully, Bill English and the National party.

Media reported in the most gushing way possible, by Audrey Young and Richard Harman, about the back-slapping that went on after we stabbed Israel. Now more details from the same address to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs have emerged that have been ignored by New Zealand media more intent on the back-slapping than the devious nature by which McCully achieved his trophy “peace in our time” resolution.

Shalom.Kiwi reveals the utter contempt for our rules, laws and processes that McCully has shown.

Questions about New Zealand?s involvement in the passing of the Resolution were raised this week by Winston Peters in parliament. Peters asked Gerry Brownlee, standing in for the Foreign Minister, whether the resolution had been put before cabinet. Brownlee obfuscated for five minutes or more and failed to answer the question, but he gave the impression that it did not go to cabinet, as procedure demands.

While it?s still something of a mystery how much the New Zealand government knew about the genesis and passing of Resolution 2334, a talk on 9 March 2017 by Gerard van Bohemen to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs shed light on some diplomatic maneuverings on this issue and showed how New Zealand was a driving force behind the anti-Israel resolution.

From the start of New Zealand?s term on the Council, Foreign Minister McCully made it clear that he wanted to have a resolution on the Palestinian/Israeli conflict, as van Bohemen explained:

This was Mr McCully?s test to me. He said, if the Security Council is going to mean anything, surely it can table some action on one of the world?s most intractable long-standing conflicts, surely it can say something, even a little something on the Middle East.? ? ? –Gerard van Bohemen ? Read more »

Palestinian despot and Murray McCully – two peas in a pod

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Yesterday in Ramallah, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (12 years into his four year term) linked global terror to the lack of resolution on the ?Palestinian question?.

?The world is completely convinced that neither could the events taking place around us and across the world nor the issue of terrorism can be handled without solving the Palestinian question,? ? said Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas

That is, the Palestinians believe that global terror (not even Middle Eastern terror, let alone just West Bank and Gaza terror) is solely the result of the perpetuation of the Israel/Palestinian conflict or the lack of resolution to ?the Palestinian question?. ? Read more »

What really went on as NZ betrayed Israel

NZ Foreign Minister Murray McCully

What really went on when New Zealand betrayed Israel?

We’ve read what Richard Harman and Audrey Young got out of their chats with Gerard van Bohemen, now let’s look at a different perspective at what was said:

For many New Zealanders the anti-Israel UN Resolution 2334, co-sponsored by New Zealand on the Eve of Christmas 2016, came as a shock. It is one thing for a democratic nation to criticise another democratic nation for its policies. It is quite another to lead the charge on a resolution that was clearly seen, by Israel and many in New Zealand, as stabbing a friend in the back, acting contrary to those countries? shared values, and nothing but counter-productive virtue-signalling.

It was therefore an eye-opener to hear New Zealand?s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Gerard van Bohemen, reveal, in his 9 March 2017 address to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, how hard New Zealand pushed for the resolution and how the UN member states view such resolutions. The ambassador?s ?view from within? contained some surprising admissions. ? Read more »

McCully’s fibs over NZ’s betrayal of Israel exposed

If you only read the articles from the McCully Koolaid drinkers then you’d think that sponsoring UN Security Council Resolution 2334 against Israel was a triumph for New Zealand.

Audrey Young is positively fizzing at the whitewash coming from McCully and his staff in MFaT, most notably?Gerard van Bohemen our man at the UN.

She writes:

He said he believes New Zealand demonstrated during its two-year term as one of 10 elected members that it was competent, well-informed, willing to rock the boat and worth listening to.

The campaign to win an elected seat on the council and the two-year term itself had lifted New Zealand’s engagement with a big range of countries.

Arab countries respected what New Zealand did on Syria as well as co-sponsoring a Middle East resolution on the two-state solution in December, which has led to the recall of the Israeli ambassador from Wellington.

Egypt tabled the resolution and it attracted co-sponsorship from New Zealand, Malaysia, Senegal and Venezuela. Egypt then succumbed to pressure from then US President-elect Donald Trump to drop the resolution but the other countries maintained their sponsorship and it passed by 14 votes to one abstention, by the US.

“After it was all over we certainly got lots of congratulations that we were brave enough to stand our ground,” van Bohemen said.

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Winston asks the right questions while McCully cowers behind Brownlee

Yesterday Winston Peters went to the house and attempted to skewer Murray McCully.

McCully lacked the courage to turn up to the house to answer the questions, sending Gerry Brownlee instead to run interference.

Gerry Brownlee made such a hash of his answers and obfuscated so much that David Carter gave Winston an extra question. He even admitted that he wasn’t an expert on the Cabinet Manual.? Read more »

Winston speaks on McCully’s betrayal of Israel

Winston Peters has finally spoken on UNSC 2334 and the betrayal by Murray McCully and Bill English of Israel.? Read more »

Bill finally admits his treachery towards Israel was never before cabinet

Bill English has finally admitted what will likely be revealed in OPIA requests; that cabinet was never briefed by Murray McCully over the government’s treachery towards Israel.

Richard Harman managed to winkle it out of him:

During his visit last month to Queenstown Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull confronted Prime Minister Bill English over New Zealand?s Security Council vote to support a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine issue and to oppose the building of new settlements on the West Bank.

?He mentioned it when he was here,? English said when asked if Turnbull had discussed it with him.

?All I would say is that we understand the impact (of the vote) particularly on our relationship with Israel and we want a positive relationship with them, so we will work to maintain that.” ?? Read more »