ZFA statement on Senator Wong’s speech hinting at Palestinian recognition

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The Zionist Federation of Australia was deeply disappointed at elements of Senator Wong’s speech to the National Security College on 9 April.

ZFA President Jeremy Leibler said, “Any talk of recognition of Palestinian statehood in such close proximity to the 7 October attacks is entirely premature and will be seen as a reward for those attacks.”

Mr Leibler continued, “Israel is currently at war with a genocidal terrorist organisation, which perpetrated horrors on the Jewish people not seen since the Holocaust. That followed decades of indoctrination of Palestinians in textbooks and in media, glorifying violence and rejecting any Jewish claims to any part of the land, which completely undermined the chance for peaceful Israeli-Palestinian relations.”

Mr Leibler concluded, “Before any talk of statehood is credible, Hamas must be removed and a new generation of Palestinian leadership must emerge, which isn’t corrupt, doesn’t condone violence and recognises Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish State.”

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