Taking an imperative step towards ensuring the safety of the Jewish communities in Australia, and sending a strong message out to the world, Australia recently won Israel’s praise for completely outlawing Hamas as a terrorist organization.
“The views of Hamas and the violent extremist groups listed today are deeply disturbing, and there is no place in Australia for such views,” said Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews, adding, “The views of Hamas and the violent extremist groups listed today are deeply disturbing, and there is no place in Australia for such views.”
Soon after the decision, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett congratulated his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison, saying “I thank my friend, Australian P.M. Scott Morrison, for acting on this issue after the conversation we had on this important matter. It is another important step in the global fight against terror.”
Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid also thanked Australian Ambassador to Israel Paul Griffiths for what he described as a “significant step” in Israel’s international effort to curtail terrorist organizations.
Zionist Federation of Australia President Jeremy Leibler said the Hamas listing made clear Australia’s absolute rejection of hatred and terrorism. “There is absolutely no doubt that Hamas in its entirety meets the definition of a terrorist organization,” Leibler said in a statement, adding that the decision aligns Australia with the United States, European Union, Britain, and Canada.