Israeli Ambassador Dr. Itzhak Gerberg welcomed to NEw Zealand. (Israeli Foreign Ministry) Israeli Foreign Ministry
Israeli Ambassador Dr. Itzhak Gerberg welcomed to NEw Zealand. (Israeli Foreign Ministry)

Over a year after Israeli recalled its ambassador to New Zealand over that country’s sponsorship of an anti-Israel U.N. resolution, the Maaori people welcome the ambassador back with an ancient ceremony.

At the end of the Obama administration, the United Nations passed an anti-Israel resolution backed by several countries including New Zealand.

In response, Israel recalled its ambassador in protest.

Over a year later, the ambassador returned, and in a show of support for Israel, the Maaori people of New Zealand welcomed him back with an ancient ceremony called the “Powhiri.”