Is­raeli en­voy chides La­bor

The West Australian - - NEWS -

Is­rael’s am­bas­sador to Aus­tralia has taken the un­usual step of crit­i­cis­ing WA La­bor for push­ing through a vote to recog­nise a Pales­tinian state.

Mir­ror­ing a re­cent con­tro­ver­sial mo­tion in NSW, the State La­bor con­fer­ence at the week­end backed a mo­tion urg­ing the next La­bor Fed­eral gov­ern­ment to recog­nise Pales­tine.

WA La­bor said it sup­ported the recog­ni­tion and right of Is­rael and Pales­tine to ex­ist within se­cure and recog­nised borders. But Is­rael’s am­bas­sador Sh­muel Ben-Sh­muel said uni­lat­eral recog­ni­tion of a Pales­tinian state was a dan­ger to the two-state so­lu­tion backed by coun­tries such as Aus­tralia. Nick But­terly

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