Australia welcomes the release of the US “Vision for Peace” by President Trump today. We welcome any initiative that can assist the resumption of direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians for an end to this conflict, and the agreement of a durable and resilient peace settlement.
Australia welcomes the proposal as a first step towards further discussions on the creation of a two-state solution. Australia has a long record of strong, bipartisan support for a two-state solution to the conflict. Any peace arrangement needs to be negotiated directly between Israel and the Palestinians. We recognise that the US must play a role in any credible peace process.
Australia supports mechanisms that address the legitimate concerns of both Israel and the Palestinians, and we strongly encourage Palestinian representatives and Israel to enter into good faith discussions on a peace process. Australia calls on all parties to exercise maximum restraint and to refrain from violence or other provocative actions or statements that undermine the prospects for peace.
The US Vision for Peace is a new proposal and we will consider it in detail. We note that the Vision for Peace enjoys bi-partisan political support in Israel.
Australia sees the Vision for Peace as a first step, and we commend all parties to resume good faith discussions towards peace and a two-state solution.