MEDIA RELEASES

Foreign Minister’s focus on Israeli settlements “misplaced” and “counter-productive”

Dec 5, 2012

Foreign Minister's focus on Israeli settlements "misplaced" and "counter-productive"
news_item/aap_2072_20121118_Carr_800x600.jpg

Media Release

5 December 2012

 

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council today labelled the intense focus on the issue of Israeli settlements by Foreign Minister Bob Carr “misplaced”, “disproportionate” and “counter-productive.”

AIJAC Executive Director Dr. Colin Rubenstein AM stated ” Foreign Minister Bob Carr’s decision to publicly rebuke Israel’s Ambassador to Australia based on the contention that construction in settlements constitutes a major obstacle to progress toward a two-state solution is severely misplaced.”

“Moreover, his use of this issue to justify Australia’s vote on the Palestinian UN bid in violation of the Oslo Accords has been counter-productive toward achieving the Australian goal of kick-starting viable negotiations advancing a two-state outcome”, he argued.

“Israeli policies in place since 2004 have prevented all new settlement building or expansion of the boundaries of existing settlements and Israel’s recent announcements about new construction are consistent with those policies. Moreover, the settlements currently take up less than 2% of the West Bank, meaning that it is simply not true that any current or likely future growth in settlements will substantially affect the size or viability of a future Palestinian state, as the Foreign Minister alleges”, Dr Rubenstein added.

“Senator Carr’s focus on the settlements issue not only incorrectly diagnoses the problem, but damages the credibility of both himself and Australia in dealing with key players in Middle East peacemaking, especially Israel, but also the US,” Rubenstein concluded.

AIJAC National Chairman Mark Leibler AC said “The Foreign Minister’s excessive focus on settlements has distracted from any effort to identify other issues of much greater significance if peace is to be achieved.”

“By far the most important of these is the fact that the Palestinian leadership is refusing to engage in any constructive negotiations with their Israeli counterparts, despite repeated, ongoing pleas from Jerusalem to do so.”

“Any reasonable contribution on these impediments to peace will also include incitement in Palestinian schools and official media, the continued rejectionism of elements of the PLO, corruption and misuse of international aid, lack of Palestinian Authority elections, and the continued inability of the Palestinian Authority to speak for all of the Palestinian people, with Hamas in control of Gaza, unreconstructed in its determination to destroy Israel,” Mr Leibler concluded.

Dr Colin Rubenstein AM
Executive Director, AIJAC
Tel. +61 3 9681 6660, Fax. +61 3 9681 6650

 

Tags:

RELATED ARTICLES


Image: Shutterstock

AIJAC mourns Queen Elizabeth II

Sep 9, 2022 | Featured, Media Releases
Screen Shot 2022 08 15 At 3.07.11 Pm

Joint statement by AIJAC, ECAJ, ZFA, JCCV, ZV and AUJS on Melbourne University Student Union motion

Aug 15, 2022 | Featured, Media Releases
(Source: Pixabay)

AIJAC welcomes NSW Nazi symbol ban

Aug 15, 2022 | Featured, Media Releases
Image: Shutterstock

AIJAC welcomes Gaza ceasefire

Aug 8, 2022 | Featured, Media Releases
(Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib/ Shutterstock)

AIJAC condemns targeting of Israeli civilians by Palestinian Islamic Jihad

Aug 7, 2022 | Featured, Media Releases
(Source: Pixabay)

AIJAC welcomes Victorian swastika ban, and introduction of similar NSW legislation

Jun 22, 2022 | Featured, Media Releases

SIGN UP FOR AIJAC EMAILS

RECENT POSTS

Far-right provocateur and Knesset member Itamar Ben-Gvir (Image: Twitter)

Mergers, splits and deals in Israel’s poll run-up

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid (L) and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

A Tale of Two Speeches: Yair Lapid and Mahmoud Abbas at the UN General Assembly

Preacher Abu Bakr Zaoud: Legalising homosexuality is “the hands of the Sheitan [Devil] at work” (YouTube screenshot)

An Australian preacher’s homophobic rant 

Image: Shutterstock

Noted and Quoted – October 2022

Israeli President Isaac Herzog re-enacts a famous pose by Theodor Herzl from the Congress at which he founded the Zionist movement in Basel in 1897 (Image: IGPO)

The 125 year struggle over “Zionism”

Far-right provocateur and Knesset member Itamar Ben-Gvir (Image: Twitter)

Mergers, splits and deals in Israel’s poll run-up

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid (L) and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

A Tale of Two Speeches: Yair Lapid and Mahmoud Abbas at the UN General Assembly

Preacher Abu Bakr Zaoud: Legalising homosexuality is “the hands of the Sheitan [Devil] at work” (YouTube screenshot)

An Australian preacher’s homophobic rant 

Image: Shutterstock

Noted and Quoted – October 2022

Israeli President Isaac Herzog re-enacts a famous pose by Theodor Herzl from the Congress at which he founded the Zionist movement in Basel in 1897 (Image: IGPO)

The 125 year struggle over “Zionism”

SORT BY TOPICS