Australians protest first ever visit by Israeli PM

This is a historic mistake

This is a historic mistake

"Australia affirmed its support for a two-state solution".

Palestinian protesters also threw shoes at a poster of Donald Trump, the U.S. preesident, who last week cast doubt on the decades-long process to create a Palestinian state in the West Bank, and who has refused to condemn Israel's continued illegal policy of settlement building in the occupied territory.

Netanyahu, who was on an official visit to Australia, told journalists that he would only accept a Palestinian autonomous state in which Israel has the main security control over all Palestinian territories.

Beyond the warm and fuzzy atmosphere, however, the press conference, and what was said at it, revealed a multitude of historical and factual ignorance from Trump, a calculated reframing of the Israeli-Palestinian issue by Netanyahu, and not-so-subtle hints dropped by both leaders about the real possibility of some grand deal that was truly delusional.

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According to Reuters, Trump "expressed his preference" for the two-state solution over the one-state one during the interview.

This followed comments Trump had made regarding settlements in an interview with the Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom on February 12, where Trump said settlements "don't help the [peace] process".

Labor leader Bill Shorten introduces Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Senator Penny Wong.

Protesters threw shoes at a banner depicting US President Donald Trump in Hebron today in protest of Trump's stance against Palestinian rights.

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On Wednesday, Netanyahu visited the Sydney Central Synagogue, where he attended an event with hundreds of members of the Jewish community.

Pro-Palestinian author and Australian lawyer Randa Abdel-Fattah said the protesters had gathered in Sydney "to oppose Australia's support for Israel, for a racist apartheid" regime. "It's disgusting to see that some of our Australian leaders have rolled out the red carpet and welcomed a war criminal into Australia".

Another proposed solution would create two political entities with freedom of travel and equal rights for Israelis and Palestinians, a popular proposal among Palestinians but unpopular with Israeli Jews who predict it would mean the end of the Jewish state.

Outside Sydney's Town Hall, a protester holds a depiction of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as Adolf Hitler.

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"We're celebrating 100 years of friendship between Australia and Israel... this visit will enable us to bring our countries even closer", he said.

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