Former Labor prime minister Bob Hawke is calling for diplomatic recognition of the state of Palestine, ahead of a visit by the Israeli prime minister.
14 Feb - 6:46 AM  UPDATED 14 Feb - 8:00 PM

The Turnbull government should grant diplomatic recognition to the state of Palestine ahead of an historic visit by Israeli prime minister, Bob Hawke believes.

The former Labor prime minister - a long-time supporter of Israel - has criticised the Israeli parliament's decision to approve a law retrospectively legalising 4000 settler homes built on privately-owned Palestinian land.

"The least we can do now, in these most challenging of times, is to do what 137 other nations have already done - grant diplomatic recognition to the State of Palestine," Mr Hawke wrote in the Australian Financial Review on Tuesday.

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