Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull Slams ‘One-Sided’ UN Resolutions Against Israel

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, second right, and Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, right, meet student during a visit the Moriah War Memorial College in Sydney, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. Prime Minister Netanyahu is on a four day visit to Australia, the first official visit by an Israeli Prime …
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(REUTERS) — Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull offered a staunch defense of Israel on Wednesday, criticizing the United Nations and vowing never to support “one-sided resolutions” calling for an end to Israeli settlement building on occupied land.

Turnbull welcomed Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday as the first Israeli prime minister to visit Australia and reiterated Australia’s support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian crisis.

However, he also made it clear Australia would not support any resolutions such as the one approved by the United Nations Security Council in December calling for an end to Israeli settlement building on land occupied by Palestinians.

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