THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
LONG-TERM CEASEFIRE IN ISRAEL AND GAZA
WEDNESDAY, 27 AUGUST 2014
Labor warmly welcomes the long-term ceasefire in Israel and Gaza.
With reports of more than 2000 dead, the human toll of this terrible conflict has been unspeakable.
We welcome both the agreement of Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza to halt all rocket and mortar fire into Israel, and Israel's agreement to stop all military action including air strikes and ground operations.
In addition, more border crossings will be opened with Gaza to allow the easier flow of goods, including humanitarian aid and reconstruction equipment.
Labor calls on the Abbott Government to do everything it can to assist with humanitarian relief in the region.
Now a long-term ceasefire has been agreed, we support a return to negotiations between the parties for a lasting peace through a two state solution