Australia consistently does not support one-sided resolutions targeting Israel
Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has reaffirmed the country’s record in not supporting U.N. resolutions targeting Israel.
She said: “The Australian Government remains firmly committed to a two-state solution, where Israel and a Palestinian state exist side-by-side in peace and security, within internationally recognised borders.
Australia urges both sides to refrain from steps that damage the prospect for peace and to resume direct negotiations for a two-state solution as soon as possible.
Australia is not currently a member of the UN Security Council and therefore not eligible to vote on UNSC resolutions.
In voting at the UN, the Coalition Government has consistently not supported one-sided resolutions targeting Israel.”
President Anton Block and executive director Peter Wertheim of The Executive Council of Australian Jewry wrote to Foreign Minister Julie Bishops expressing their “sincere gratitude to you for your unwavering support for Israel, in what is a particularly challenging and uncertain time for the Jewish State.”
They added: “It brings immense comfort to the Australian Jewish community to know that while some traditional allies may falter, the Australian Government remains steadfast in its support for a negotiated two-state solution and rejects one- sided measures against Israel at the UN.”
Rabbi Eli Cohen said: “The Rabbinical Council of NSW is deeply appreciative of the unambiguous stance of the Australian government in relation to this resolution.
We welcome the comments made by Australia’s Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop.”