Upon his arrival, Turnbull said, “It is a long schlep, but let me say the welcome here…it feels like family, I do feel that we are part of the same mishpacha.”
The battle for Beersheba was a key part of the British-led campaign to knock the Ottoman Empire, Germany’s ally, out of World War I.
Despite a brewing political crisis at home, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is arriving in Israel on Monday amid warming ties between the two countries.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English will visit Israel at the end of October.
“We have a battle against those who seek to demonize our people and the resurgent anti-Semitism that we see in many parts of the world. It is something that we need to fight together.”
US President Barack Obama will attend the state funeral of Israel’s ninth president Shimon Peres on Friday. Also attending are Bill and Hillary Clinton, Pope Francis, Prince Charles, French President François Hollande, and many more foreign leaders.