Australia and Israel are all set to better their bond after the leaders of the two nations had a cordial meeting. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull welcomed Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu to Australia on Wednesday.
Netanyahu’s visit to Australia came following huge protests across Australia. A group of highly prominent figures in Australia opposed the visit of the Israeli prime minister. Turnbull stood in favor of Netanyahu and called Israel a “miraculous” nation that is developing gradually despite invasions.
Turnbull, Netanyahu Sign Agreement
Aussie and Israeli leaders signed an agreement on Thursday in Sydney before ministerial meetings. Both the leaders of respective nations said that they will cooperate with each other and develop technological innovation. They vowed to make it easier for people to travel between the two nations. Turnbull and Netanyahu seemed to enhance and expand their business and trade ties.
Turnbull said that the agreement will offer a framework using which Aussie scientists and businesses could create industries in the upcoming years. The two nations also signed an agreement between Qantas and Israeli carrier EI AI. This would make traveling between the two nations easier.
“There are a number of Australian businessmen and women who are investing in innovative technology-based industries between Israel and Australia,” Turnbull said at the start of the ministerial meetings. The meeting was attended by Aussie ministers, including Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, Treasurer Scott Morrison, Defence Minister Marise Payne, and Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg.
“We want to deepen that. The air services agreement is part of that. There’s no substitute for people getting together,” he continued as quoted by Seven Network. Netanyahu paid a tribute to the cooperation that Israel received from Australia in protecting Jewish people in 1947. He also indicated strengthening trade ties with the nation.
On the other hand, Turnbull slammed the United Nations for favoring resolutions that were critical of Israel. The Aussie prime minister also supported Netanyahu’s visit despite huge protest by Aussies from almost all professional niches.
Israel is currently facing international criticism over the settlement policy in West Bank. Netanyahu is the first sitting prime minister of Israel who visited Australia. “It’s been a long time coming,” he said. “It celebrates, really, a hundred years of friendship of Australia to the Jewish people and their state.”