Ewan Jones MP, LNP candidate, Herbert

Thanks for your email.

The Government firmly supports a two-state solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. The Government is committed to a future where Israel and a Palestinian state exist side-by-side in peace and security, within internationally-recognised borders.

An independent Palestinian state can only emerge from a negotiated two-state settlement. Unilateral recognition will not resolve outstanding issues or create the conditions for enduring stability – a two-state solution cannot be achieved without the direct involvement and agreement of both Israel and the Palestinians.

The Government remains a committed supporter of the Palestinian people and their aspirations to statehood. Australian aid is a tangible demonstration of our support for the Palestinian people and the peace process. In 2015-16 Australian aid to the Palestinian Territories will total around $42.8 million, making Australia the tenth largest bilateral donor globally to the Palestinian Territories. Our assistance is helping to strengthen the economic and social foundations of a future Palestinian state which can provide jobs and services for its people.

Regards
Ewen

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