The Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, The Hon. Christopher Pyne MP led a delegation to Israel and Palestine featuring former Parliament speaker Bronwyn Bishop, Labor MP Tim Watts and Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson. The delegates traveled to Jerusalem as part of the annual Australia-UK-Israel leadership dialogue to discuss challenges facing Israel.
The trip also saw delegates visit Ramallah to meet with Palestinian Prime Minister, Dr. Rami Hamdallah and Education Minister Dr. Sabri Saidam. Education Minister Dr. Saidam has previously described Australian delegates as having “false information and twisted facts, stating, “it is clear the delegation is not well educated.”
Minster Pyne also met with Israeli officials in Tel Aviv where he announced the first phase of the Australian initiative ‘landing pad’, an initiative for Australian start-ups, set to be launched in Tel Aviv in 2016. Minister Pyne also signed the Statement on Innovation and Cooperation with Israel’s Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Economy, Mr Avi Hasson. The statement signals Australia and Israel’s intention to continue negotiating two treaties, one on Industrial Research and Development, and another on collaboration in Science and Technology.”