It must have cut Malcolm Turnbull to the quick: he goes to all the effort of welcoming the Prime Minister of a country engaged in a brutal occupation and guilty of massive human rights violations, goes to the trouble of isolating Australia from the international mainstream and even close allies like New Zealand and the United Kingdom to endorse the policies of his visitor -- and his guest humiliates him.

Turnbull yesterday made clear Australia's support for a two-state solution to Israel's occupation of Palestinian territory. "We support an outcome which has two states where Israelis, the Israeli people, the Palestinian people live side by side as a result of direct negotiations between them -- that is the fundamental point -- and live together in peace and the security that they are entitled to expect," he said.