THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
ISRAEL AND WEST BANK LAND
FRIDAY, 12 SEPTEMBER 2014
The Israeli Government must reverse its decision to claim almost 400 hectares of land in the West Bank.
Ten days ago, Labor called on the Israeli Government to explain its actions. Subsequent reports indicate the land may be used to expand Israeli settlements in the area.
Unilateral action like this, by any party, only undermines the peace process and the prospect of successfully negotiating a two-state solution.
It is particularly disappointing given recent agreement to a ceasefire that ended the terrible violence of the Gaza conflict.
Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank is not in line with international law.
Labor supports a return to negotiations between the parties for a lasting peace through a two state solution.