New senator calls for Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

March 17, 2016 by J-Wire Staff
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28-yr-old Liberal Senator James Paterson has delivered his maiden speech in parliament calling for Jerusalem to be recognised as Israel’s capital.

James P{aversion makes his maiden speech

James Paterson makes his maiden speech

The Victorian is the youngest senator in the history of the parliament.

In his speech, Senator Paterson declared: “I am a strong supporter of the State of Israel. I admire greatly what they have built in just a few short years.

Today, Israel stands not just as a beacon of liberal democracy in a sea of despotism in its own region but as a shining example to the entire world of how to build a prosperous, tolerant, harmonious and creative country in the toughest of circumstances. I am proud of the generally bipartisan support that Israel has enjoyed from successive Australian governments.

But I think we can do more to demonstrate our solidarity.

Like many nations, Australia has chosen to locate our embassy in Israel in Tel Aviv. But Tel Aviv is not Israel’s capital city—Jerusalem is. Every nation deserves the right to choose its own capital city.

Since 1950, Israel has asserted it is Jerusalem. Since 1967, it has administered the entire city. The Israeli government have demonstrated time and time again that they are the best custodians for the religious and historical sites that are of significance to people of many faiths. I do not believe that the international community can continue to refuse to recognise their capital city of choice and the clear reality on the ground. It would be a symbolic but important step for Australia to formally recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city and to move our embassy there.”

S spokesman for Senator Paterson told J-Wire: “Senator Paterson visited Israel with the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council in 2009, on a student leaders trip.”

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One Response to “New senator calls for Jerusalem as Israel’s capital”
  1. Leonid Shvartsman says:

    Dear James,

    Thank you very much for so strong speech.

    Leonid Shvartsman,

    Member of Russian Speaking Community.

    Melbourne

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