Australian support for Israel expected to remain steady under new PM Turnbull

Israel might have lost a close friend when Tony Abbott was pushed aside as Australia’s prime minister by his own party on Monday, but – according to diplomats and Australian Jewish leaders – it gained another staunch supporter with his replacement, Malcolm Turnbull.

“We go from one very good fried to another,” said Colin Rubenstein, the head of the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC). His comments echoed those of a senior diplomatic official in Jerusalem who said that Turnbull is a “true friend, much like Abbott.”

Turnbull defeated Abbott, who was prime minister for the last two years, in a Liberal Party leadership ballot by a 54-44 vote among the party’s MPs.


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