Scott Morrison has raised concerns about escalating violence between Israel and Palestine, which the United Nations fears could explode into full-scale war.
The prime minister has also expressed disappointment after a woman was charged in western Sydney for burning an Israeli flag.
Mr Morrison said it was important the conflict in the Middle East did not spill onto the streets in Australia.
“We have been urging restraint from all parties involved there to not take any unilateral action on those very stressful and tense situations we are finding there.
“But those things should not be played out here in Australia.”
Mr Morrison restated the government’s policy of a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine and described Australia as an agent for peace.
He urged Australians with ties to the conflict to act with tolerance and respect.
“By all means, people can have concerns and views, and there is a tolerance for that, but at the same time we do not want to import the troubles of other parts of the world into this country.”
Read the article by Daniel McCulloch in The Canberra Times.