Israel has resoundly rejected New Zealand's efforts to impose negotiations for a two-state solution via its position as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.
According to Channel 2, New Zealand's ambassador to Tel Aviv was summoned by Israeli government officials to listen to their displeasure over his country's plans to prepare a draft resolution aimed at reigniting negotiations.
The draft resolution calls for Israel to freeze construction in Judea and Samaria in exchange for Palestinians discontinuing their complaints against Israel at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
It also says that a lasting peace “based on a two-state solution can only be achieved if the two sides engage in serious negotiations.”
National Security Adviser Yossi Cohen reportedly clarified to New Zealand's envoy, Jonathan Curr, in blunt terms that any diplomatic effort to force negotiations with the Palestinian Authority would not be countenanced by Israel.
The thrashing, according to Channel 2, comes after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced he had never received an official request from New Zealand on the resolution, adding that Jerusalem was unwilling to accept it anyway.
The Foreign Ministry has in turn instructed its ambassador to New Zealand to relay the message to Wellington, wherewith Israel sees no point in even entertaining a discussion on the matter.