In a notable shift, the Australian government has unveiled a fresh stance regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. On August 8th, Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong declared Australia's commitment to adopting the term 'Occupied Palestinian Territories'. This declaration underscores the Australian government's strong affirmation that the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza are indeed territories under Israeli occupation, a situation stemming from events following 1967.
Furthermore, this policy emphasizes Australia's vehement opposition to Israeli settlements, categorically labeling them as illegal according to international law. This position, reiterated by Wong, identifies these settlements as a substantial impediment to the prospect of achieving lasting peace in the region.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the State of Palestine has warmly welcomed this pivotal development in Australia's perspective. Recognizing its alignment with international law and United Nations resolutions, this shift is seen as a constructive step towards revitalizing the peace process on a global scale. The core principle of the two-state solution, a cornerstone of international peace frameworks, is further bolstered by this shift, as it reflects international consensus on the matter.
The Ministry expresses its optimism in relation to this evolving Australian stance, which stands in harmony with the resolutions passed by the Australian Labor Party. With these resolutions urging the government to expeditiously recognize the State of Palestine without hesitation, the State of Palestine awaits meaningful action from Australia in this direction.
Anticipating Australia's forthcoming steps, the Ministry hopes that the Australian government, led by its Foreign Affairs Minister, will formally acknowledge the State of Palestine. Aligning with international law and legitimacy, this recognition would resonate not only with the Labor Party's position but also echo the sentiments of the Australian populace. Indeed, the people of Australia are renowned for their unwavering support for the rightful aspirations of the Palestinian people, which encompasses the establishment of a Palestinian state within the borders of 1967, with East Jerusalem serving as its capital.