Turnbull rebukes Israel critics ahead of Benjamin Netanyahu visit | Australia news

Malcolm Turnbull is attempting to walk a diplomatic line where Australia supports the two-state solution, but publicly rebukes critics of Israel’s aggressive settlement building, as the Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu touches down in Sydney for a four-day visit.

In a column for the Australian newspaper on Wednesday, the prime minister said Australia recognised that Israel and the Palestinians “need to come to a settlement and we support a directly negotiated two-state solution so that Palestinians will have their own state and the people of Israel can be secure within agreed borders”.

But he continued the government’s rebuke of the United Nations over a resolution passed in December condemning Israel’s controversial settlements program in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.

Australia’s foreign affairs minister, Julie Bishop, made it clear at the time Australia…

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