Quarterly Updates for (16 May 2017 — 15 Aug 2017)

Israel and New Zealand restored diplomatic relations this quarter, ending their mos.-long conflict over Wellington’s support for UN Security Council Resolution 2334 in 12/2016 (see JPS 46 [2]). Netanyahu and New Zealand PM Bill English reportedly agreed to the rapprochement over the phone on 6/12. “The resolution expressed long-standing and international policy, and we stand by those positions,” English said of the call. “What we do express regret about was the fact that it disrupted our relationship with Israel” (Haaretz, 6/14). Israel’s amb. returned to Wellington and a delegation of New Zealand govt. officials, businesspeople, and academics visited Tel Aviv for Cyber Week in late 6/2017. Paul Ash, the director of English’s cybersecurity office, led the delegation and said it was “great to see how a similarly sized economy has grown a world-leading capability and to be able to build direct connections with counterparts over here in the commercial, policy, and research communities” (Newsroom, 7/10).