Australia and the Middle East conflict: the Rudd and Gillard Governments (2007–13)

10 Jun 2015

This Research Paper outlines the public positions taken by the Rudd and Gillard Governments towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Executive summary

  • This Research Paper focuses on the public position of the Labor Governments, in power between 2007 and 2013, towards the Israeli-Palestinian dispute. It does so by looking at the Rudd and Gillard Governments’ responses to developments and their statements regarding key issues such as Israeli settlements and Palestinian statehood.
  • Updated to cover the period up to the 2013 election, it includes discussion of potential policy or rhetorical shifts made in the lead-up to that election.
  • This paper complements another Parliamentary Library publication—Australia and the Middle East conflict: a history of key Government statements (1947–2007)—which tracks the evolution of Australia’s publicly stated position on the Middle East conflict up until the election of the Rudd Labor Government in 2007.
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