70 years of mateship with Israel
Today marks 70 years since Australia formalised diplomatic relations with Israel, a wonderful milestone in the deep and shared history between the two nations according to the Chair of the Australia-Israel Parliamentary Friendship Group, Senator Eric Abetz.
Over the last 70 years, the mateship between our two nations has only deepened as an important security, trade, diplomatic and cultural ally.
“Israel is the only free and democratic nation in the Middle East and like many Australians, I am delighted to celebrate this important milestone in our shared mateship and history,” Senator Abetz said.
“From the creation of Israel right through to today, Australia has always been a strong and staunch ally of Israel, something that has deepened in recent years, with Prime Minister Netanyahu being the first Israeli Prime Minister to visit Australia in 2017, and last year the Government recognising West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.”
“Despite the many adversities that Israel still faces, including outright anti-Semitism from many quarters, Israel has flourished as a vibrant, non-secular nation but as the beacon for our shared values of freedom and peace in the Middle East.”
“On behalf of the Australia-Israel Parliamentary Friendship Group, I am delighted to celebrate this important milestone and look forward to a continuing deepening of the vital relationship between our two nations,” Senator Abetz concluded.