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The official Palestinian response to the Australian Government’s decision to redirect $10 million in foreign aid to the Palestinians has been undiplomatic, to say the least.
Israeli Opposition leader Isaac Herzog spoke to AIJAC about prospects for peace, containing a nuclear Iran and counter-productive proposals to recognise a Palestinian state.
AIJAC welcomes Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's decision, announced Monday, to discontinue Australia's funding to the World Bank’s Multi-Donor Trust Fund for the Palestinian Recovery and Development Program, and redirect the funds to the United Nations’ Humanitarian Fund for the Palestinian Territories.
I grew up believing that the Arabs beyond the Green Line – the Palestinians – were like the Israelis, and similarly wanted no more or less than did Zionism: the right to run their own lives and be masters of their own fate in part of the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.
As things currently stand, there are doubts over the integrity of three separate Australian-funded development programs in the Palestinian Territories. There are also long-term concerns over funding for the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)