Turnbull slams ‘one-sided’ UN resolution against Israel

Malcolm Turnbull (second from left) at Sydney’s Central Synagogue on Friday.

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PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull has condemned the United Nations Security Council resolution against Israel last week, slamming it as “one-sided” and “deeply unsettling”.

Turnbull made the remarks at Central Synagogue in Sydney on Friday, where he took part in a menorah lighting ceremony for Chanukah.

Describing the resolution as “deeply unsettling for our community”, the Prime Minister said, “Australia stands with Israel. We support Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East.

“We support a peaceful resolution of the disputes between Israel and the Palestinians.

“We support a two-state solution just as the government of Israel does.”

Stating that a two-state solution “can only be negotiated between the parties”, he said, “It is not assisted by one-sided resolutions made at the councils of the United Nations or anywhere else, and that is why Australia has not, and does not, support one-sided resolutions.”

He said Australia believes such resolutions “are not conducive to the successful conclusion of negotiations, which we urge the parties to undertake”.

“We urge the parties to ensure that everything they do is conducive to that outcome,” he added.

Ultimately, according to Turnbull, “these issues can only be resolved by the State of Israel and the Palestinian community”.

“That is where the solution lies, when and where it is to be found,” he said.

Turnbull added, “We support Israel in its efforts to achieve that solution.

“Above all, we stand shoulder to shoulder with Israel in the fight against terrorists.”

EVAN ZLATKIS