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AIJAC congratulates PM Turnbull and thanks Tony Abbott

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The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) congratulates Malcolm Turnbull on his election as leader of the Liberal Party and elevation to the post of Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia.

Malcolm Turnbull is an exceptional friend of the Jewish community and a staunch supporter of Israel. We are thrilled that he visited Israel in 2005 and participated in meetings organised by AIJAC and our Rambam Program (devoted to enhancing the relationship between Israel and Australia), was a keynote speaker at Rambam's ten year anniversary celebration in Sydney in 2012 and regularly meets with AIJAC's overseas guests.

AIJAC has known and worked with Malcolm Turnbull for many years, and has always found him to be understanding of, and sympathetic towards, our concerns. Under his leadership, we look forward to Australia further developing our unique multicultural model and also seeing the relationship with Israel going from strength to strength, with more collaboration in the areas of innovation, hi-tech and entrepreneurship.

AIJAC also conveys our sincere thanks to former Prime Minister and Rambam alumnus Tony Abbott for his very warm relationship with the Australian Jewish community, unswerving commitment to Israel's well-being and security and appreciation of the unique challenges Israel faces.

The former Prime Minister has  earned our profound admiration and gratitude for his sincere empathy and support for our community and his principled and unstinting support for Israel throughout his political career.

We wish Tony Abbott well in his future endeavours and look forward to continuing our close friendship with him.

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