New Zealand’s Stance on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

New Zealand maintains a balanced approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, supporting a two-state solution with secure and recognized borders for both Israel and Palestine. The country recognizes:

• Israel’s right to exist in peace and security

• The right of Palestinian people to self-determination

Key Points in New Zealand’s Middle East Peace Process Position:

• Support for a comprehensive two-state solution based on 1967 borders

• Call for direct negotiations between parties

• Emphasis on a sustainable agreement

New Zealand’s Humanitarian Assistance

In response to the Israel-Hamas conflict (October 2023), New Zealand announced NZ$17 million in humanitarian aid for Gaza, the West Bank, and Israel.

Organization Amount (NZD)
World Food Programme (WFP) 7.5 million
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) 5 million
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) 2.5 million
UN 2720 Mechanism for Gaza 2 million

New Zealand has called on Israel to:

• Facilitate faster entry of aid into Gaza • Streamline inspection processes 

• Open more border crossings

 • Ensure safe passage for aid workers

New Zealand’s Voting Record at the United Nations

New Zealand’s UN voting patterns reflect its balanced approach:

• Supports resolutions backing Palestinian rights

• Condemns Israeli settlements in occupied territories 

• Opposes resolutions deemed biased or unhelpful 

• Voted for enhancing Palestine’s UN participation (May 2024)

Areas of Contention and Disagreement

Israeli Settlements

New Zealand condemns the expansion of Israeli settlements, viewing them as:

• An obstacle to the peace process 

• A violation of international law

Palestinian Statehood

• New Zealand doesn’t currently recognize Palestine as a sovereign state

• The opposition Labour Party calls for recognition of Palestinian statehood

Trade and Economic Ties

New Zealand aims to balance:

 • Political stance on the conflict

 • Economic interests in the region

Future Prospects and Challenges

Potential for Closer Cooperation

New Zealand sees opportunities for strengthening ties in:

• Innovation 

• Agriculture

 • Counter-terrorism

Challenges include:

 • Shifting dynamics with Abraham Accords

• Ongoing regional conflicts

FAQs: Does NZ Support Israel

New Zealand has a position of supporting a two-state solution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

How does the New Zealand government approach the situation in the Palestinian territories?

The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade closely monitors the situation in the Palestinian territories and advocates for peaceful resolutions.

Has New Zealand taken a stance on the conflict between Israel and Gaza?

New Zealand has expressed concerns over the security situation in Gaza and has called for a ceasefire to protect civilians.

How does New Zealand engage with issues related to Israeli settlers in the occupied Palestinian territories?

New Zealand provides humanitarian assistance to Palestinians in the occupied territories and supports efforts towards peace and stability.

What role does New Zealand play in international forums like the United Nations regarding the Israel-Palestine conflict?

New Zealand has voted in favor of resolutions at the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council that call for peaceful resolutions and respect for human rights in the region.

Has New Zealand’s foreign minister made any recent statements about the situation in the Palestinian territories?

Foreign Minister Winston Peters has addressed the security situation in the region and called for diplomatic efforts to de-escalate tensions, especially in December 2023 and on 7 October.

How does the New Zealand Labour Party view the conflict in the Middle East?

The New Zealand Labour Party has historically supported a balanced and peaceful approach to the Israel-Palestine conflict and has advocated for dialogue and negotiation between the parties involved.


New Zealand’s approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is characterized by: • A balanced stance

• Support for a two-state solution 

• Strong ties with both parties

 • Commitment to humanitarian assistance

 • Consistent voting record at the UN

This nuanced position reflects New Zealand’s dedication to finding a just and lasting resolution to this longstanding conflict.