Melbourne Joint Communique Omits Israeli Support for Two-State Solution

Relentless Israeli settlement construction promises to make nonsense of the two state solution because in time there will be no land left for a Palestinian state. Israel thanked Australia for its consistent support in this regard.

New US President Donald Trump has already turned many of his country's policies upside down but his resolve to step back from a two-state solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict promises to be a mistake of historic proportions. "Peace is the goal, whether it comes in the form of a two-state solution, if that's what the parties want, or something else".

Netanyahu told Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and government ministers in Sydney on Thursday that "it should be at least double or triple that".

Mr Netanyahu spent the second day of his five-day tour meeting Federal Government ministers and visiting a Jewish school in Sydney's eastern suburbs.

The Australians might be willing to consider a change in policy, one senior diplomatic official was quoted by The Jerusalem Post as saying, but it is still a "work in progress".

"We're celebrating 100 years of friendship between Australia and Israel... this visit will enable us to bring our countries even closer", Netanyahu replied.

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The ostensible change in Jerusalem's policy is likely the result of the USA president's statement last week that he can live with either a two-state or a one-state solution.

Netanyahu said any solution would need Palestine to recognize Israel, which would also have security control of the territories. The one favored by Israel's far-right would see Israel annex portions of the West Bank, offering Palestinians who live there now Israeli citizenship.

"I want the Palestinians to be able to govern themselves and to have all the freedoms to do so, but not the freedom to destroy the Jewish state", he said repeatedly this week when asked about the issue.

"Here is a fundamental reality: If the choice is one state, Israel can either be Jewish or democratic - it cannot be both - and it won't ever really be at peace", then-U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said.

The peace talks between Israel and Palestine have been stalled since April 2014. "Be proud Jews. Do this in Sydney and do it in Jerusalem and come this year to Jerusalem", he said.