The Coalition supports the right of the Palestinian and Israeli peoples to live in peace and security within internationally recognised borders.
The Coalition believes this can best be achieved through a two-state solution finalised by negotiation. An independent Palestinian state can only emerge from a negotiated two-state settlement, and it is vital that both parties commit to negotiations without preconditions.
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 Coalition 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.
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