Carr responds to Pyne
Liberal MP Christopher Pyne has called Foreign Minister Bob Carr a “dangerous amateur” following the condemnation of Israel’s expansion of its settlements and labeling it “illegal” under international law. Senator Carr has responded.
Pyne told “The Australian” that “Bob Carr is a dangerous amateur who has ended the bipartisanship between Labor and the Coalition that has marked Australia’s approach to Israel since 1948″.
Foreign Minister Carr’s comments were part of a joint communique issued in Perth last week with his British counterpart William Hague.
Foreign Minister Bob Carr has issued the following statement in response to Christopher Pyne:
“Christopher Pyne’s comments on the Middle East peace process yesterday (Sunday, January 20 2013) simply show how extreme the Liberals have become under Tony Abbott.
Mr Pyne directly attacks a joint statement made by me and the UK Foreign Secretary William Hague on January 18. This joint statement calls for an end to settlement activity. It also seeks American leadership on a major effort in 2013 to achieve a negotiated two-state solution with a secure Israel alongside an independent Palestinian state.
The statement further calls on Palestinians to “unite for peace and cease acts of violence against Israel” and to “abide by the terms of the Gaza ceasefire and stop all rocket attacks.”
The Liberal Party attack on this joint statement by Australia and the UK shows they have abandoned support for a two-state solution – because as America and the Europeans have long argued, the spread of settlements undermines it.”