We appreciate your welcome and we must say, the appreciation comes from the bottom of our hearts because we know that when you are blessing us and hosting us, you are doing it from the bottom of your heart.
And I must say to you, Mr Prime Minister, Australia is a great friend of Israel, a real great friend.
Once upon a time we used to say the firm relationship of Israel is based on three principles: the relationship with the United States, second, not necessarily as important, the relationship with the United States, and the last but not least, the relationship with the United States.
Now, it’s not only that. It’s the relationship between United States and Australia.
Really, the relationship and friendship Australia comes out of the relation between people, between, really, sharing the same values that we are sharing.
You are ambassador in Jerusalem, I know Tel Aviv, but Israel is very small. I think it is very close to Jerusalem. I must say, we really salute Australians for what they have done and what they are doing just now.
For example, the ICC, the ICC is a real – you are a beacon. You are a beacon to show people all around and understand.
The Israeli army are the soldiers of our sons and daughters. And our grandsons and granddaughters.
The army of Israel is the army to defend our homes and to keep Israel as a really safe haven to everyone, but we would like to live in democracy and harmony.
Israel has been defined as a Jewish state, nevertheless it is a democratic one. It is a Jewish democratic state as much as it is a democratic Jewish state.
And I know you appreciate that and all of your government, and I know how we appreciate that.
And you are standing behind us once the political ideas of people who are taking part in the international organisations – very much cleared by you and your prime minister – saying there is no way to end date Israel once we’re talking about the unification of his, not only the duty of Israel, the right of Israel to protect its citizens and people who are living with us.
Here is some of what Josh Frydenberg has been saying during his ‘lowering expectations tour’ rounds (from AAP):
“But I do know that this is going to hit the economy, and I do know that our focus has been, in relation to the fires and other shocks that we’ve faced, on getting the support to the community in need,” he told Sky News on Wednesday.
“That’s been our primary focus, not the surplus.”
He noted the government had already notched up an achievement in delivering the first balanced budget in 11 years, at the same time as it rolled out tax cuts.
“We’re back in balance, and no one can ever take that away from us,” he told ABC Radio National.
The treasurer was also coy when asked whether a recession could be on its way.
He said, “That’s not the word I would use,” before noting he’s waiting to see the figures from the December and March quarters.
Mr Frydenberg stressed this was just the latest economic shock the Australian economy has faced, following trade tensions between the United States and China, an extended drought, bushfires and floods.
The virus is also a shock beyond our control, he said.