| Greg Donnelly MLC, Dean Sherr, Sophie Cotsis MLC, Luke Foley MLC, Carmel Tebbutt MP, |
Walt Secord MLC, Ron Hoenig MP, Hilik Bar MK, John Robertson MP, Gabriel Sassoon
I was a pleasure to join NSW Labor Leader John Robertson and my Labor parliamentary colleagues, The Hon. Greg Donnelly, The Hon. Sophie Cotsis, The Hon. Luke Foley, The Hon. Carmel Tebbutt, and The Hon. Walt Secord in meeting at Parliament House today the Deputy Speaker of the Israel Knesset and Secretary General of the Israel Labor Party Yehiel (Hilik) Bar M.K.
Mr Bar thought it important to meet with his Australian Counterparts. It was fascinating hearing the approach advocated by the Israel Labor Opposition on the way forward for peace in the Middle East and how the Israel Opposition would move forward with a two state solution. He told us that to reach a two-state solution, he said, concessions will need to be made, and that requires the right leadership on both sides. “The two leaders right now [Mahmoud Abbas and Benjamin Netanyahu] have a lot of problems that prevent them from making the necessary concessions,” he said.