The Australian Labor Party (ALP) has promised to recognize Palestine as a sovereign state if it wins the next federal election and forms a government.
Arthur Thein of the Middle East Relations Council suspects the move is abrupt and that Labor leader Anthony Albanese may be working to appease his party’s leftist faction.
Opposition Foreign Minister Penny Wong told ALP’s National Party Conference on Tuesday that “Israel and Palestinians reflect our belief that they deserve peaceful prosperity behind safe and recognized borders. “.
“A true friend of Israel is a true friend of Palestinian state rights,” she told an online conference. “Permanent resolution of the Middle East conflict cannot be sacrificed by either Palestinians or Israelis.”
Mr Wong emphasized that ALP’s position has not changed since the last election. The adoption of this policy was the result of extensive internal consultations between different factions within the party.
The ALP also said it would take a firm position on the human rights abuses of the Uighur minority in China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
“These atrocities include modern-day slavery, crimes against humanity, and what various jurisdictions around the world have determined to constitute a genocide,” said Labor Senator Kimberly Kitcheng. Said.
“In the face of this brutal repression, the international community can no longer be lazy,” AAP said.
Dr. Colin Rubenstein, Secretary-General of the Australian-Israeli-Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC), said the move to recognize Palestine as a nation was “misplaced” and “opposite.”
“Given that the Palestinians have refused all negotiations with Israel for more than half a year, providing Palestinians with national unilateral approval without suggesting Palestinian obligations is a Palestinian ruthlessness. Clearly rewards, “said Rubenstein. In the statement..
“In addition, it seems particularly difficult to adopt such an outdated stance in the wake of last year’s groundbreaking Abraham agreement,” he added.
One major challenge in normalizing relations in the Middle East was the refusal of certain Arab leaders to entertain the possibility that Israel was a sovereign state.
This attitude has supported decades of aggression, conflict and instability in the region.
The Abraham agreement, which was negotiated under the US Trump administration last year, is said to have partially broken this stalemate and laid the foundation for peace.
The Accord has normalized relations between Israel and the four Arab countries of the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco, setting aside elements of the extremists in the region.
Arthur Tain, secretary-general of Canberra’s Middle East Relations Council, said the Labor decision “has come out of nowhere.”
“The state of Palestine is not known for its democracy. The number of parties is limited and they all use the same kind of platform. They are very anti-Israeli and greatly destroy Israel. I support it, “he told The Epoch Times.
“We didn’t see any actual discussion on this issue, and then the announcement was made,” he added.
“So is there some leadership issue behind this? Is Albanese trying to strengthen his position among the left? Is the challenge coming his way? At this point It was really rare that I was supposed to do it. “
Mr Tane said Labor left-wing factions have traditionally supported the recognition of Palestinian sovereignty.
“In the 1990s, it was common to see Labor celebrities marching across Australia for the Palestinian affair,” he said.