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Israeli prime minister meets Australian opposition leader

  • Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, meets the Federal opposition leader Bill Shorten in Sydney, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. Prime Minister Netanyahu is on a four-day visit to Australia, the first official visit by an Israeli Prime Minister. (William West/Pool Photo via AP)

    Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, meets the Federal opposition leader Bill Shorten in Sydney, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. Prime Minister Netanyahu is on a four-day visit to Australia, the first official visit by an Israeli Prime Minister. (William West/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, meets with the Federal opposition leader Bill Shorten, center, and senator Penny Wong in Sydney, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. Prime Minister Netanyahu is on a four-day visit to Australia, the first official visit by an Israeli Prime Minister. (William West/Pool Photo via AP)

    Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, meets with the Federal opposition leader Bill Shorten, center, and senator Penny Wong in Sydney, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. Prime Minister Netanyahu is on a four-day visit to Australia, the first official visit by an Israeli Prime Minister. (William West/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, second right, shakes hands with the Federal opposition leader Bill Shorten, second left, as Australian senator Penny Wong, left, meets Netanyahu's chief of staff, Yoev Horowitz, in Sydney, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. Prime Minister Netanyahu is on a four-day visit to Australia, the first official visit by an Israeli Prime Minister. (William West/Pool via AP)

    Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, second right, shakes hands with the Federal opposition leader Bill Shorten, second left, as Australian senator Penny Wong, left, meets Netanyahu's chief of staff, Yoev Horowitz, in Sydney, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. Prime Minister Netanyahu is on a four-day visit to Australia, the first official visit by an Israeli Prime Minister. (William West/Pool via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Australia's opposition leader Bill Shorten says he raised his Labor Party's concerns about Israel's settlements in Palestinian territories during discussions with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The pair talked for almost an hour in Sydney on Friday, the third day of the first Australian visit by a serving Israeli prime minister.

Shorten and three Labor colleagues reiterated the center-left party's support for a two-state solution to Israel's conflict with the Palestinians.

Labor elders frustrated by the lack of progress in finding a two-party solution have called on the party to adopt a policy of recognizing the state of Palestine.

Former Labor prime ministers Kevin Rudd and Bob Hawke want Australia to join 137 countries in giving diplomatic recognition to an independent Palestine.