Diplomat expelled to win Arab favour: Bishop
The Federal Opposition has accused the Government of expelling an Israeli diplomat as a means to win Arab support for an Australian seat on the United Nations Security Council.
Foreign Minister Stephen Smith today announced the expulsion after investigations left the Government in "no doubt" Israel had faked Australian passports used in a hit on a top Hamas leader in Dubai.
But Deputy Opposition Leader Julie Bishop says there is no hard proof Israel is behind the duplicated passports.
"In the absence of proof, it would be appropriate to reprimand, appropriate to chastise the Israeli government," she told Sky News.
"There is a widely held view, there is an assumption that the Israeli government was involved, but there is no actual proof."
Ms Bishop, the Opposition foreign affairs spokeswoman, says expelling a diplomat is either an over-reaction or a calculated political decision.
"The Government is facing an election. The Government is also seeking to pursue a seat on the Security Council. The Government is keen to curry favour within the Arab community," she said.