I recently did an interview with the Australian Jewish News, and would like to expand on my comments.
Consistent with Greens policy, I have always supported a peaceful, two-state solution for the Israel-Palestine conflict that upholds the legitimate rights and aspirations of both the Palestinian and Israeli people to live in peace and security in their own independent, sovereign states. My comments in the AJN piece were intended to reflect that view and that view alone. I have never believed that the establishment of a ‘Jewish state’ (as opposed to an ‘Israeli state’) is conducive to this outcome and I absolutely do not support that goal.
I also have grave concerns regarding Israel’s illegal settlement activities in occupied territories, and the impacts this has on Palestinian people. We know that, as noted by numerous human rights organisations, many Palestinians face systemic discrimination that includes deprivation of water and other infrastructure and opportunities. I will continue to stand as a strong advocate against these injustices.