Carr and the Settlements – enter Julie Bishop
Shadow Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has commented on remarks made by Australian Foreign Senator Bob Carr when visiting a mosque last week stating that all Israeli settlements on Palestinian land are illegal.
Julie Bishop told J-Wire: “Senator Bob Carr has achieved a significant shift in Labor policy with regard to Israel.
He has made repeated statements condemning Israel and signed the AUKMIN 2013 Communiqué that declared “All settlements are illegal under international law and settlement activity undermines the prospects for peace.”
Senator Carr has also voted against Coalition motions in the Senate which condemned the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.
The Coalition has consistently supported the two-state solution and right of the Israeli and Palestinian peoples to live in peace and safety behind internationally recognised borders.”
J-Wire asked what the Coalition policy is. Ms Bishop responded: “The Coalition urges both sides of the conflict to honour its commitments and, in the absence of any agreed view in international law, does not pass judgement, in recognition of the hotly disputed nature of the opposing arguments.”
But Foreign Minister Carr has reacted strongly to Julie Bishop’s statement. A spokesman for Senator Carr told J-Wire: “We have never made a statement condemning Israel. Words are very important and it’s important they are not misrepresented. Yes, we have expressed “concern”, we have expressed “grave concern” and we have expressed “disappointment” in relation to the settlements. This does not amount to a condemnation of Israel or anything like it. And as far as the BDS is concerned, Labor and the Coalition have always opposed it and continue to do so. As far as we aware only the Greens have shown support for it.”
This subject had been raised in Parliament by Ms Bishop earlier this year….