18 October 2022
In response to Foreign Minister Penny Wong’s announcement, New Israel Fund Australia executive director Liam Getreu released the following statement:
“The Australian government is working as a balanced partner in dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by forging policies which are more in line with our likeminded allies and partners around the world and support the advancement of a peaceful resolution.
“Australia is in a unique position to hold valued relationships with both Israel and the Palestinians and today’s announcement shows the seriousness with which the government takes that role. The previous policy did nothing to advance a vision of two democratic states living side by side, instead placing Australia firmly in the global minority.
“There is no way forward without realising the right to self-determination for both peoples, and this realignment reflects that principle, as well as the government’s broader pledge to be a fair supporter of both Israelis and Palestinians.
“We look forward to seeing the Australian government continue to re-engage in the region in the pursuit of a better future for both peoples.”
Contact: Liam Getreu, 0413 374 401, [email protected]