Elections in Israel

Media release

24 January 2013

Foreign Minister Bob Carr today urged the incoming government of Israel to accord a high priority to the resumption without preconditions, of direct negotiations with the Palestinian people on a two-state solution.

"Israel's national elections reflect its proud democratic tradition," Senator Carr said.

"While a new coalition government has yet to be formed, Australia looks forward to continued close cooperation with Israel including on issues of regional peace and security.

"Australia strongly supports a negotiated two-state solution resulting in a secure Israel alongside a Palestinian state.

"There is an urgent need for progress in this peace process.

"Resolution of the Israel- Palestinian conflict would also strengthen the forces of democracy and moderation throughout the Middle East."

Senator Carr's comments follow a joint Australia-United Kingdom communique on January 18 which:

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