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January 24, 2013

Foreign Minister Bob Carr today urged the incoming government of Israel to accord a high priority to the resumption without preconditions, of direct negotiations with the Palestinian people on a two-state solution.

“Israel’s national elections reflect its proud democratic tradition,” Senator Carr said.

“While a new coalition government has yet to be formed, Australia looks forward to continued close cooperation with Israel including on issues of regional peace and security.

“Australia strongly supports a negotiated two-state solution resulting in a secure Israel alongside a Palestinian state.

“There is an urgent need for progress in this peace process.

“Resolution of the Israel- Palestinian conflict would also strengthen the forces of democracy and moderation throughout the Middle East.”

Senator Carr’s comments follow a joint Australia-United Kingdom communique on January 18 which:

• called on the United States to lead a major effort in 2013 to achieve a negotiated two-state solution with a secure Israel alongside a Palestinian state;
• called on the Palestinian Authority and the new Israeli government “to engage seriously in negotiations without preconditions”;
• said “actions by both sides must be in the interests of peace”;
• called on the Palestinian Authority “to exercise restraint and avoid provocative actions at international forums” following the Palestinian status vote in the United Nations;
• urged the Palestinians “to resolve their internal differences, unite for peace and cease acts of violence against Israel”;
• called for the Palestinians “to abide by the terms of the Gaza ceasefire and to stop all rocket attacks”; and
• called on Israel to stop settlement activity.

  1. January 24, 2013 9:25 am

    Curiously, Bob, you appear to be the only person still believing in the so-called ‘two-state’ solution for Occupied Palestine. Realists on the ground in the Occupied Territory are focussing on a one-state, bi-national, non-apartheid approach. I think, Bob, you’d be better occupied persuading the Israelis that looming demographics will provide the ultimate ‘solution’: Non-Jews are increasing their population numbers faster than are Jews.

  2. stanito permalink
    January 24, 2013 7:31 pm

    Thank you for sharing this significant article. I appreciate that the Australians support the two-states solution, which to me is the only viable option for a final peace.
    I do not count on the US for this purpose since Jewish lobby there is powerful, therefore highly unlikely to allow a not-so-nationalistic support. But I do believe that: if the US press on the strings a bit on a weakened Netanyahu, they may actually achieve some good results.

    • January 25, 2013 2:26 pm

      Australia is the only place where you’ll still hear the so-called ‘two-state’ non-solution fantasised about. Realists on the ground in Occupied Palestine discuss a one-state, bi-national, non-apartheid approach. They believe that justice must come before peace.

      • Matthew permalink
        January 30, 2013 8:49 am

        What “realists” call for the end of the Jewish state?? If Israel and Palestine can’t live beside each other in peace, does anyone seriously believe throwing them together in a new country will be anything but a catastrophic civil war?

        It appears frustation with achieving a two-state solution is leading people on both sides to claim more extreme “solutions”.

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