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WATCH: Netanyahu Down Under – ‘Australia Courageously Willing to Puncture UN Hypocrisy’ on Anti-Israel Resolutions

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday praised Australia for being “courageously willing to puncture U.N. hypocrisy” on anti-Israel resolutions.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull marked the first visit to Australia by a serving Israeli leader by writing an opinion piece in Wednesday’s The Australian newspaper that backed Netanyahu’s criticism in 2015 that the United Nations General Assembly had adopted 20 resolutions critical of Israel in the preceding year and only one in response to the Syrian war.

“My government will not support one-sided resolutions criticizing Israel of the kind recently adopted by the U.N. Security Council and we deplore the boycott campaigns designed to delegitimize the Jewish state,” Turnbull wrote, referring to the Dec. 23 resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem as a “flagrant violation” of international law.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, points as he and and his wife, Sara, move toward media after arriving in Sydney, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. Netanyahu is on a 4-day visit to Australia. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

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