Aussie politicians at odds over booting of Israeli diplomat

May 25, 2010 09:36


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Top Australian politicians were at odds on Tuesday over the expulsion of an Israeli diplomat the previous day.

Australian Foreign Foreign Minister Stephen Smith charged that Opposition foreign affairs spokeswoman Julie Bishop was "not fit to occupy a position of trust," over her response to the affair, according to The Australian.

Another paper, the Sydney Morning Herald, cited a claim from Bishop that the Australian government in fact engages in passport forgery.

The expulsion took place after investigators concluded Israel was responsible for forging four Australian passports that were used in the January slaying of a Hamas operative in Dubai.

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