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2014 Gaza Conflict Gaza Hamas Israel Tony Abbott

Calls for immediate ceasefire

31 Jul, 2014

Abbott calls on both sides to cease hostilities:

It should be a ceasefire immediately by both sides. That’s what there should be, because plainly, too many people are dying. It’s just wrong what’s happening, so there should be a ceasefire

Canberra’s support for Israel isn’t unconditional

[…] they’re capable of making mistakes just like everyone else is, but no one intends, or should intend, any attack which results in the death of innocent people

Support for the Palestinian right to statehood also depends on recognition of Israel:

that’s got to go hand-in-hand with the recognition of Israel’s right to exist behind secure borders. The problem in the Middle East is that in the end so many people are not prepared to accept Israel’s right to exist.