Bob Carr in Israel

August 7, 2012 by J-Wire Staff
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Foreign Minister Bob Carr is in Israel and has visited President Shimon Peres.

At a meeting on August 5 in Jerusalem, Israeli President Peres and Australian Foreign Minister Carr discussed bilateral and regional security issues including the ongoing violence in Syria.


Foreign Minister Senator Bob Carr and Israeli President Shimon Peres photo: Mati Milstein


Bob Carr meets with PA President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah        Pic: Jamal Aruri al-Ayyam

Points discussed included

  • both leaders deplored the violence of the Assad regime
  • noted the stresses that it placed on Jordan.

They also discussed the role of Iran in the region with Senator Carr emphasisingh Australia’s understandingof Israel’s security concerns, including ongoing challenges from terrorism and expressing condolences regarding the loss of Israeli lives in the recent terror attack in Bulgaria.

Senator Carr underscored the importance of a negotiated two state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict emphasising the urgent need for resumption of negotiations. President Peres and Foreign Minister Carr underlined the warm state of relations between the two countries and discussed the scope for bilateral cooperation in areas of mutual interest.

Senator Carr acknowledged the strong contribution which the Australian Jewish community continues to make to Australia’s multicultural society.

On Sunday the Minister attended a dinner at the home of Mr Isi Liebler, former chairman of the World Jewish Congress and former president of The Executive Council of Australian Jewry.

Attending the dinner were Israeli Vice Prime Minister Dan Meridor, Israel’s Ambassador to Australia Yuval Rotem, Middle East commentator Ehud Ya’ari, International Law Professor Yoram Dinstein hosted by Mr Isi Liebler
Discussion covered the Israel-Palestinian peace process, Iran and Syria.

Mr Liebler and Senator Carr also spent some time on literature, having regard for Mr Liebler’s extensive personal library of historical and theological works.


4 Responses to “Bob Carr in Israel”
  1. Paul Winter says:

    Carr was reported on radio as opining that settlement building was not helpful in the two state solution of the Israel/Palestine conflict. He was, as is his wont on comments regarding Israel, talking rubbish.

    If the Pals wanted a state, they would return to negotiations and make some compromises. One of the main ones would be to declare that Israel is the state of the Jewish people. Another would be to declare that the “refugees” could return to the state of Palestine, but not to Israel.

    Until abu Mazen and other terror supporters, secular and jihadi, accept Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people, Israel should build (and get rid of Arab buildings in Area C) and thus compel the Arabs to compromise or be left with no territory to establish a state. And after the Sinai attack Israel should retake the Philadelphi Corridor and put an end to arm smuggling.

  2. Otto Waldmann says:

    Azoy mazel !!

    the mazal on Peres, a mehaye to have Bob tell him also how to run Israel, but not too hard as not to upset the palestinians !!!

    Shimon in the picture is telling Bob how grateful he is to Australia for gifting the palestinians some 400 million big ones. Hence Bob showing the four fingers.
    Shimon’s fingers signify: “And why are you telling me that ??!!”
    What folowed was Bob : ” Because, as a real friend, I must warn you that the palestinians are going to use most of our money in acquiring wheapons to fight against Israel. Aren’t you the President of Israel and shouldn’t you be at least as concerned as I am ???!!!

    we are so blessed !!!

  3. Lynne Newington says:

    Top picture.

  4. Lynne Newington says:

    Note the position of his finger on his right hand?
    Not good.
    Let’s see how right I am, if not today then tomorrow.

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