Israel, New Zealand Resolve Diplomatic Spat Over New Envoy

YERUSHALAYIM (Hamodia Staff) -

Israel and New Zealand resolved a diplomatic dispute that prevented New Zealand’s new ambassador from taking up his post for more than half a year.

Israel last September refused to accept the credentials of Ambassador Jonathan Curr after learning that he would also serve as New Zealand’s envoy to the Palestinians.

At the time, Israel said it had a “well-known policy” of not accrediting diplomats who are also accredited to the Palestinian Authority.

New Zealand’s Foreign Ministry announced in February that it had appointed a separate envoy to the Palestinians, effectively ending the contretemps. President Reuven Rivlin’s office says Curr is scheduled to present his credentials on Thursday.

New Zealand recently became a member of the U.N. Security Council and is working on a draft resolution to revive the long-stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.