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Netanyahu to be First Israeli PM to Visit Australia

The Guardian reports: Benjamin Netanyahu has accepted an invitation to make the first official visit to Australia by a sitting Israeli prime minister.

Australian foreign minister, Julie Bishop, extended the invitation on a two-day visit to Israel in which she met Netanyahu and the president, Reuven Rivlin.

At a photo opportunity at their meeting pictured), Bishop said: “We’re thinking there’s a little window of opportunity early next year maybe, and the Australian public would warmly embrace you, welcome you.”

Netanyahu accepted and described Australia’s friendship as “terrific”.

According to reports, Bishop raised the case of Mohammad El Halabi, the zonal manager of the Gaza branch of World Vision arrested over allegations he used his position to divert millions of dollars of humanitarian funds to Hamas and its terrorist and military activities.

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