SYDNEY Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull available a staunch protection of Israel on Wednesday, criticizing the United Nations and vowing in no way to aid “1-sided resolutions” calling for an end to Israeli settlement developing on occupied land.
Turnbull welcomed Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday as the initial Israeli prime minister to pay a visit to Australia and reiterated Australia’s aid for a two-state remedy to the Israeli-Palestinian crisis.
Even so, he also made clear Australia would not aid any resolutions these types of as the 1 approved by the United Nations Safety Council in December calling for an end to Israeli settlement developing on land occupied by Palestinians.
“My govt will not aid 1-sided resolutions criticizing Israel of the kind lately adopted by the U.N Safety Council and we deplore the boycott strategies intended to delegitimise the Jewish state,” Turnbull wrote in an editorial in The Australian newspaper.
The U.N. resolution was approved in the closing months of Barack Obama’s administration, which broke with a lengthy custom of shielding Israel diplomatically and selected not to wield its veto power.
Israel for many years has pursued a coverage of setting up Jewish settlements on territory captured by Israel in a 1967 war with its Arab neighbors such as the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem.
Most international locations see Israeli settlement action in the West Bank and East Jerusalem as unlawful and an impediment to peace. Israel disagrees, citing a biblical connection to the land.
Washington’s ambassador to the United Nations has said the United States nonetheless supports a two-state remedy to the conflict, though new U.S. President Donald Trump has also said he is open up to new approaches to accomplish peace.
The two-state remedy has lengthy been the bedrock of Washington and the worldwide community’s coverage for a settlement among Israel and the Palestinians.
Trump’s evident loosening of the main tenet of U.S. Middle Jap coverage, at a joint news conference with Netanyahu past week, surprised the worldwide group.
“We aid an consequence which has two states the place Israelis, the Israeli men and women, the Palestinian men and women are living side-by-side as a outcome of immediate negotiations among them,” Turnbull afterwards informed reporters in Sydney.
Netanyahu said he did not want to be drawn into “labels” but said any remedy would have to have Palestine to acknowledge Israel, which would also have protection management of the territories.
Although in Australia, Netanyahu is scheduled to indicator agreements fostering closer economic and protection cooperation.
(Reporting by Colin Packham Modifying by Paul Tait)