Hon Anthony Byrne MP, Labor candidate for Holt

Thank you for your email and raising your concerns about the Palestinian people’s struggle for freedom and independence.

Labor supports all genuine efforts toward a negotiated settlement between the parties to the conflict, based on international frameworks, laws and norms.

Labor supports moves to achieve an enduring and just two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on the right of Israel to live in peace within secure borders internationally recognised and agreed by the parties, and reflecting the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people to also live in peace and security within their own State.

Labor supports efforts to achieve a resolution of the conflict based on 1967 borders with agreed land swaps, a time frame to end Israeli occupation, demilitarisation of Palestinian territory, agreement on a solution to Palestinian refugee issues, and a resolution of the issue of Jerusalem’s final status.

Labor recognises that a lasting peace will require a future State of Palestine to acknowledge the right of Israel to exist and the State of Israel to recognise the right of Palestine to exist.

If there is no progress in the next round of the peace process, a Shorten Labor Government will discuss joining like-minded nations who have already recognised Palestine and announce the conditions and timelines for the Australian recognition of a Palestinian State with the objective of contributing to peace and security in the Middle East.

Labor in government will continue to recognise that settlement building by Israel in the Occupied Territories, that may undermine a two-state solution, is a roadblock to peace.

Labor calls on Israel to cease all such settlement expansion to support renewed negotiations toward peace. Labor rejects the boycotts, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel. There is no place for violence in this process.

A solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict must come through negotiation, based on international frameworks, laws and norms.

Should you have any further queries or if there is any other way that I can be of assistance then please do not hesitate to contact me via email or on (03) 9796 7533.


Hon Anthony Byrne MP
Federal Member for Holt


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