Times of Israel staff September 4, 2016

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin and Defense Minster Avigdor Liberman on Sunday.

Netanyahu began the meeting by telling Bishop that “your friendship is terrific – Australia, the government’s and yours personally. And we appreciate our friends.”

In return Bishop invited Netanyahu to visit Australia. “I want to take this opportunity to reaffirm our absolute enduring commitment to the State of Israel and our friendship, and invite you to come to Australia,” she said. “We’re thinking there’s a little window of opportunity early next year maybe?”

According to the Prime Minister’s Office, Netanyahu accepted the invitation.

On Sunday afternoon Rivlin met with Bishop at his residence, welcoming her to Israel and Jerusalem.

“I want to say to you that the connection between us — Australians and Israelis — is very important for us in Israel. We appreciate the friendship between our peoples, between our two states, and your friendship with the people of Israel,” he said.

Rivlin also stressed the importance of the cooperation between Israel and Australia in the fields of innovation and cybersecurity, among others. “We are cooperating greatly on issues that are of concern to the whole free world,” he said.

Rivlin made specific mention of the fallen Australian servicemen in the Holy Land on the centenary of World War I. “We as Israelis remember the Australian servicemen, who helped the Jewish people return to their homeland, along with the necessity to cooperate with all of the people living here,” he said.

Rivlin added that he hoped to be able to reschedule a previously postponed visit to Australia for the near future.


3 Responses to “Netanyahu accepts invitation to visit Down Under in 2017”

  1. 1 Sherrilyn

    That’s good news!
    Sherrilyn

  2. 2 Esther

    Jesus must be coming very soon….. we shall meet Him in the air!! Praise Him! Esther

  3. 3 new year 2017

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