Jim Chalmers, ALP candidate for Rankin

Labor is committed to supporting an enduring and just two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

I endorse the resolution on Israel/Palestine carried at the 2015 ALP National Conference, which affirmed Labor’s support for a 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 the efforts of the international community to assist the parties to reach agreement on a lasting peace. It is vital that Australia assists the Palestinian people directly through relief and development agencies to provide local health and other services, and assist preparations for statehood. That’s why, in government, Labor quadrupled Australia’s aid program to the Palestinian territories, from $15 million in 2006–07 to $60 million in 2013–14.

We also demonstrated our commitment to two states for two peoples by:

  • Not blocking enhanced Palestinian status in the General Assembly
  • Restating that the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, is occupied territory
  • Opposing Israeli settlement construction, recognising that a just, peaceful and enduring resolution will involve a territorial settlement based on 1967 borders with agreed land swaps; and
  • Maintained that settlements are illegal under international law.


We have clearly stated that if there is no progress in the next round of the peace process a future 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.


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