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29 December 2016
Australian Friends of Palestine Association

Julie Bishop backs Israel rather than the US over UN resolution

From THE AGE:

Australia has broken ranks with the United States and New Zealand over Israel, indicating that it would most likely have opposed the UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

... In a statement released on Thursday, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Australia was not currently a member of the Security Council and was not eligible to vote on the resolution.

...However, she said, "in voting at the UN, the Coalition government has consistently not supported one-sided resolutions targeting Israel".

She urged both sides to refrain from steps that damage the prospect for peace and to "resume direct negotiations for a two-state solution as soon as possible".

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