Netanyahu depicted as Hitler by Sydney protesters during historic Australia trip

Posted February 25, 2017

Netanyahu arrived in Australia on Wednesday for a four-day tour, which included a meeting with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Following these statements, the United Nations reiterated its support of the creation of two states, a position also supported by the Australian government.

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

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. Netanyahu called on all of the students to visit Israel.

"My government will not support one-sided resolutions criticizing Israel of the kind recently adopted by the UN Security Council and we deplore the boycott campaigns created to delegitimize" Israel, he said, referring to the Security Council Resolution 2334, which was adopted last December denouncing the Israeli settlements as a "flagrant violation of worldwide law".

Ahead of Netanyahu's trip, some 60 academics, business leaders, members of the clergy and former politicians signed a letter saying Australia should not welcome the Israeli prime minister.

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David Dorsett-Lynn from Dorsett Retail in Western Australia described the decision as a "very fair outcome" for the industry. Retail workers face a reduction from 200 per cent to 150 per cent.

The ministry highlighted that Netanyahu's position is "flagrant defiance to the will of the global community calling for a negotiated resolution of the conflict on the basis of the two states solution, an official Israeli position to undermine peace chances and worldwide legitimacy resolutions".

The flag of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine outside Sydney's Town Hall. Israel thanked Australia for its consistent support in this regard.

"It's disgusting to see that some of our Australian leaders have rolled out the red carpet and welcomed a war criminal into Australia", she said.

Hebron has been at the centre of a wave of deadly unrest since October 2015 that has killed 252 Palestinians, 36 Israelis, two USA nationals, a Jordanian, an Eritrean and a Sudanese, according to an AFP count.

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

"Be proud Jews. Do this in Sydney and do it in Jerusalem and come this year to Jerusalem", he said.