No OK from NSW Labor to a federal Labor government recognising a Palestinian state unilaterally

July 30, 2017 by J-Wire News Service
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The Australia Israel Labor Dialogue (AILD) today congratulated the NSW Labor Branch Conference in not agreeing to bind a future Federal Labor Government to unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state.

Greg Holland

Despite media hype and claims of an “historic” shift in ALP policy, the ALP NSW Branch has resolved not to bind a future Labor Government to unilaterally recognise a Palestinian state.

Rather than adopting a “no if, no buts” recognition, the ALP NSW Branch conference today urged a future ALP Government to recognise a Palestinian state when such recognition contributes to peace and security in the Middle East.

Whilst the resolution urges a future Federal Labor Government to recognise a Palestinian State, it is clearly within the context of broader goals adopted at the 2015 ALP National Conference which the resolution reaffirms.

The resolution also affirms Israel’s right to exist and live in secure and recognised borders alongside a future Palestinian state.

This common sense position represents a major setback for Bob Carr, a former NSW Premier and Palestinian lobbyist who has been publicly advocating that the NSW Conference adopt an extreme position demanding immediate and unconditional recognition of Palestine, irrespective of the reality on the ground.

“ALP policy is normally based on reasoned understanding of the issues, and NSW Conference repudiated the Carr polemic against Israel”, Australia Israel Labor Dialogue Executive Director Greg Holland said.

Holland said, “Two states for two people living side by side in peace and security with negotiated borders is the only way forward to break this intractable conflict. Unilateral declarations one way or the other do nothing to advance peace.”

Holland pointed to the ALP National leadership position on a negotiated Israel-Palestine resolution. “Bill Shorten, Tanya Plibersek, and Penny Wong have all come out in favour of the 2015 ALP National Conference resolution”. In the media earlier today, Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen MHR reiterated that Bill Shorten and Penny Wong as incoming Prime Minister and Foreign Minister will progress the Governments response to the Israeli – Palestinian conflict.


4 Responses to “No OK from NSW Labor to a federal Labor government recognising a Palestinian state unilaterally”
  1. Otto Waldmann says:

    It is simply amazing how certain blokes with impressive titles of never-heard-before mad haverim of Israel treat Jews genetically endowed with the 7th sense of detecting a phurphy, as credulous push-overs.
    No, Greg Holland, mate, Labor is determined 100% to do the schmutz ( filthy dirty ) on Israel and recognise a terrorist palestinian entity as a state, come what may. The Carr thing is a gurnischt, a nothing of an attempt by an expired politician to spew a bit of venom on his way out.
    The real friends of Israel are well aware of what makes a real friend of Israel and Labor as a whole ain’t that kind of mad Zionists at all.

  2. Phil levy says:

    Is this back down connected to the anti terror raids in lakemba and Wiley park.?both are ALP strongholds

  3. Rita L. says:

    “…The resolution also affirms Israel’s right to exist …”

    Whoop dee dooo ! Should Israel kiss their feet for that ?

    “…Whilst the resolution passed urges a future Federal Labor Government to recognise a Palestinian State…”

    Waiting until after the Elections ?

    Israel and Jewish people, dont be just so grateful for patronising interferance in YOUR own affairs!

  4. Michael Burd says:


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