Senator Penny Wong – responded to the US peace proposal motion and reaffirmed Labor’s support for a two-state solution

photo of Senator Penny Wong
February 11, 2020

Labor also acknowledges concerns that the initiative may pave the way for Israeli annexation, which risks further regional destabilisation. We continue to support a just and durable two-state solution to the conflict and encourage both parties to pursue direct negotiations to that end.

Full speech

Senator WONG (South AustraliaLeader of the Opposition in the Senate) (16:11): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator WONG: Labor notes that the US government released its vision for peace for the Israel-Palestinian conflict on 20 January 2020, and we acknowledge that this initiative declares support for an independent, sovereign state of Palestine. However, the initiative predetermines a number of final-status issues, which weaken the viability of any future Palestinian state. Whilst Israeli leaders support the plan, Palestinian leaders have rejected it. The reality of a peace plan is that if only one side of the conflict supports it there can be no peace.

Labor also acknowledges concerns that the initiative may pave the way for Israeli annexation, which risks further regional destabilisation. We continue to support a just and durable two-state solution to the conflict and encourage both parties to pursue direct negotiations to that end. Furthermore, we call on all parties to refrain from actions that hamper peaceful outcomes for both the Israeli and Palestinian peoples.

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