Australia condemns Hebron killings

September 1, 2010 by J-Wire
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Australian Foreign Minister  Stephen Smith has condemned the murder of four Israelis in Hebron.In a statement issued earlier today, the Foreign Minister said:  “I condemn in the strongest possible terms the brutal killings of four Israelis by terrorists in Hebron on 31 August. Hamas has claimed responsibility.

This is clearly an attempt, an effort to disrupt the resuming of peace process talks which commence tomorrow, Wednesday 2 September, in Washington.

Australia welcomes very much the resumption of the peace process with direct talks between Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas, but we condemn absolutely the senseless slaying of four Israelis, including a pregnant woman, by Hamas in Hebron on 31 August clearly aimed at seeking to disrupt the resuming peace process talks. Australia of course has been a longstanding supporter of the peace process.

Finally as we are in caretaker mode, can I just indicate Australia has a longstanding bipartisan approach to supporting the peace process in the Middle East.”


One Response to “Australia condemns Hebron killings”
  1. Sandy says:

    Why is this condemnation nowhere to be seen except on Jwire?

    Has Smith’s office only sent it to the Jewish media?

    And why is “resuming of peace process talks” relevant to condemning this murder? Is it not to be condemned as an immoral act???

    PA prime minister also condemned the terrorism because it “was timed to coincide with the PLO’s decision to engage in negotiations …[and] runs counter to Palestinian interests” (see

    …same storyline…

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