ScoMo ‘lie’ against national interest: Labor

Scott Morrison has been lashed by the opposition after he controversially weighed in on the Israeli-Palestinian crisis.

Scott Morrison has been accused of lying after he claimed there was no longer cross-party support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The federal opposition has lambasted the Prime Minister over his remarks about one of the “biggest international security issues” of our time.

Speaking at a federal budget lunch on Friday, Mr Morrison was asked about the escalating violence in the region.

He urged all involved to exercise restraint, saying although Israel had the right to defend itself and its people, Palestinians needed to be able to live safely.

“As a government, we believe in a two-state solution,” Mr Morrison said.

“It seems now, politics here in Australia, that is no longer a bipartisan view.

“I think that is disappointing.”

His comments were made in reference to a position Labor again adopted at its national conference in late March; where it gave its support for Israel and Palestine to exist as two states within secure and recognised borders, and called on the next Labor government to recognise Palestine as a state.

But opposition foreign affairs spokeswoman Penny Wong – who less than 24 hours earlier confirmed Labor was committed to a two-state solution – claimed Mr Morrison had lied.

“For the second time this week, Mr Morrison has been caught out lying about long-standing bipartisan foreign policy positions,” Senator Wong said.

“At a time when Australians with connection to the region are concerned about the safety and wellbeing of their loved ones, the Prime Minister’s attempts to gain political advantage on this issue is particularly offensive.

“Mr Morrison is diminishing his office and undermining our national interest.”

Earlier in the week, Mr Morrison denied he’d made an error when he referred to the “One Country Two Systems” arrangement in reference to Taiwan.

Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne on Thursday joined the Biden administration in calling for Israel and Palestine to stand down as tensions reach breaking point in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank.

“Our strong view is that violence is not a solution,” Senator Payne said.

“Whether they are rocket attacks, or indiscriminate acts that fuel the cycle of violence and bloodshed, they are also never justified.”

The latest round of violence was sparked by an Israeli court ordering the expulsion of Palestinians from their homes in Sheik Jarrah, East Jerusalem.

Israeli forces also raided Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque during prayers in Ramadan, the holiest month for Muslims.

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