Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop at Jerusalem’s King David Hotel.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)
AUSTRALIA AND Israel are small states, thousands of miles away from one another, that play important roles in their respective regions. They have democratic values in common as well as a pro-American orientation in their foreign policy. Moreover, both countries well remember the important Australian military contribution to the eviction of Turkish forces from the Land of Israel in 1917, and many Israelis have fond memories of the Aussies who passed through Mandatory Palestine during WWII.But while Australia and Israel are strong supporters of one other, there is a lack of understanding on both sides of their shared strategic concerns.