Labor’s hypocrisy on full display over Palestine push

The motion just passed at Labor’s National Conference, moved by Penny Wong no less, that would see a future Labor Government unilaterally recognise a Palestinian State exposes the extreme hypocrisy of Labor on the recognition of West Jerusalem and once again highlights how Mr Shorten lacks authority within the Labor Party.

“Which of the two deeply opposing groups is Labor going to recognise? The Palestinian Authority which hasn’t had an election in 12 years and which Australia no longer trusts with foreign aid or Hamas, a registered terrorist organisation,” Senator Abetz said who is both Chair of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee and Chair of the Australia-Israel Friendship Group

“The rank hypocrisy of Labor to criticise the Government’s proper and careful consideration of recognising Israel’s capital all the while planning to back this highly controversial and inappropriate motion is galling and highlights Labor’s credibility gap in foreign policy.”

“The fact that Labor are now saying that they would seek to unwind the recognition of Israel’s capital and substitute their own choice on Israel, unilaterally recognise a Palestinian State and then shovel tens of millions of dollars in aid to less than reputable Palestinian organisations which call for the destruction of Israel is a deeply troubling shift.”

“Further, the fact that Bill Shorten has said for months that such a motion wouldn’t be passed and now his Senate Leader has personally backed it raises further serious questions about his authority and standing within the Labor Party.”

“Israel has proven itself to be the only free and democratic nation in the Middle East and Labor’s willingness to back either the undemocratic PA or the terrorists in Hamas over those who share our values is another very disturbing insight into what a Shorten Labor Government would look like,” Senator Abetz concluded.

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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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