Australian backing of Israel strongly endorsed

The Liberal-National Government’s announcement today that it will consider moving the Australian embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and review the Iran nuclear deal have been strongly backed by Liberal Senator and Chair of the Australia-Israel Parliamentary Friendship Group Eric Abetz.

Senator Abetz has been a long-time advocate of both moving the Australian embassy in Israel and reconsidering Australia’s support for the Iran nuclear deal in circumstances where there is evidence that they have not held up their end of the deal.

“Israel is the only free and democratic nation in the Middle East and I am pleased that the Australian Government is strongly considering recognising its sovereignty and self-determination by moving the Australian Embassy to Jerusalem,” Senator Abetz said.

“This very strong decision is something that a number of my Parliamentary colleagues and I have advocated in favour of for some time and will send a strong signal around the world about our support for western democratic values and our close friendship with the state of Israel.”

“As West Jerusalem is not subject to final status negotiations which means that a move of our Embassy would not present a barrier or hindrance to peace.”

“Further, I am very pleased that the Government will take steps to review the Iran nuclear deal in the face of the very clear evidence that they have been in breach of the deal. I have always contended that the deal was questionable and the evidence that has been presented is very convincing.”

“The Government’s willingness to work with our Five Eyes partner, the United States, in seeking to ensure Iran is better behaved is welcome.”

“I appreciate the Prime Minister’s willingness to engage with my colleagues and I on these important issues and trust today’s exciting announcement will be universally welcomed,” Senator Abetz concluded.

About Eric

Eric Abetz has been a Liberal Senator for Tasmania since 1994 and has served in a range of Leadership, Ministerial and Shadow Ministerial roles.

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