Days of Palestine, Sydney –Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has slammed the Israeli occupation for the appropriation of the Palestinian lands in the occupied west Bank.
Bishop asked the Israeli authorities to withdraw their decisions to confiscate Palestinian lands in the occupied West Bank, particularly the latest appropriation of 4,000 dunams in Al-Khalil near the Israeli settlement of Etzion.
In a telephone call Bishop expressed to her Israeli counterpart Avigdor Leiberman the concerns of her country regarding the appropriation reports.
She said it might undermine the possibility of a two-state solution through negotiations, where a Palestinian state with recognised borders lives safely and securely side by side with ‘Israel.’ This is the goal Australia is seeking to achieve.
The head of the Australian foreign policy called for ‘Israel’ to review this decision, which she described as “not useful” and coming at an “unsuitable” time after the Israeli war on Gaza.
She noted that the priority today is for the immediate implementation of the terms agreed upon in the latest ceasefire deal.