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Australia dares not offend Israel even when crimes are clear

The latest on the Australia/Israel Mossad scandal:

The Australian government is far from satisfied with the response so far from Israel on the alleged use of Australian passports by a Mossad death squad.

In an interview with the Herald, a restrained Kevin Rudd said no more information had been forthcoming since Australia first protested last week.

”There is a way to go yet with our friends in Israel to resolving these matters to the satisfaction of the Australian government,” the Prime Minister said.

”We continue to be in contact with them. We’ll continue to work with our friends in Israel through multiple agencies and at the political level as well.”

The federal opposition has been conspicuous in its refusal to criticise Israel.

A week ago the Liberal senator Julian McGauran released a statement attacking the government for criticising Israel.

He said the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Stephen Smith, should ”start acting more like Australia’s chief diplomat and stop publicly pointing the finger at Israel as the culprit of the Mahmoud al-Mabhouh assassination”.

“The government has failed to delink their outrage of the forged passports from the assassination of the Hamas terrorist,” he said. ”They are two separate issues. The tracking down of terrorist leaders is an acceptable act in the context of the war on terror.”

The Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, refused to comment when asked whether he stood by Senator McGauran’s statement.

Later, he defended Israel, saying nobody knew the full story.

”Before I start, or anyone else starts questioning the motives of other countries, I think we should get to the bottom of this,” he said. ”I don’t want to assume bad faith on the part of a friendly democracy.”

Mr Rudd did not want to comment when asked by the Herald about the Coalition’s decision to defend Israel.

”I’m a lifelong supporter, defender and friend of the state of Israel …” he said. ”However, when it comes to this particular matter, I have a responsibility as Australian Prime Minister to get to the bottom of it and to establish that Australia’s interests are being properly safeguarded in the future and I will do that.”

6 comments ↪
  • Kevin Charles Herber

     

    So our Dear Leader Rudd, is a lifelong suppporter of a regime in which there are at least 5 accused war criminals in the government's ranks at present.  Two of them (Silvan Shalom & Ehud Olmert) were recently feted by Rudd, Gaza Gillard & the Liberals at pewkworthy functions in Melbourne & Sydney.

    And still no mainstream media had had the guts to comment on this outrage against Australia's international image as a functioning democracy

  • iResistDe4iAm

    ''and stop publicly pointing the finger at Israel as the culprit of the Mahmoud al-Mabhouh assassination'' 

     

    "The tracking down of terrorist leaders is an acceptable act in the context of the war on terror''  ~ Liberal Senator Julian McGauran  

     

    Alleged Israeli terrorists summarily execute an alleged Palestinian terrorist. Why do Australian politicians always side with the Israeli terrorists? 

     

     

    ''Before I start, or anyone else starts questioning the motives of other countries, I think we should get to the bottom of this" ~ Opposition Leader Tony Abbott 

     

    Why do Australian politicians always demand due process and rule of law when alleged Israeli state terrorism is under scrutiny, but never for alleged Palestinian terrorism? 

     

    Is Israel really an appropriate, unbiased or independent policeman, prosecutor, judge, jury and executioner of Palestinians?

  • Emma

    I don't actually understand *why* the political class in Australia are so pro-Israel. We don't really have significant trade links with them, do we? Is it about maintaining Australia's status as an American satellite state, or something? It doesn't make sense to me.

    Julian McGauran's defense of political assassination is sickening.

  • ej

    ''We don’t really have significant trade links with them, do we?'

    Correct. Total Australian trade with Israel in 2008-09 (exports plus imports – why the authorities use this sum as an indicator is beyond me) was just under $1 billion, putting Israel 38th on the list of countries with respect to trade importance (China has just taken pole position, having dislodged Japan which was on the top for the last 20 years).

    Australian exports to Israel in 2008-09 was a trivial $262mn (coal accounted for half that), while imports from Israel were $715mn, the most significant component being 'pearls and gems' (refined diamonds) at $82mn., the rest being various items of machinery. i.e. trivial.

    The pro-Israel stance can be readily accounted for: the grand unwavering colonial cringe that is Australian foreign policy.

    1. an American satrap (bipartisan).

    2. the local Israel lobby – relentless, shameless.

    Remember that the Labor Government has a Member for Israel in the House.

    Ironic, given that a decent segment of the Australian elite were anti-Semitic as late as the 1960s. Now they're anti-Semitic against the other mob of Semites.

  • pablo

    EJ. My guess is that it is easier to be pro-Israeli as a politician. Step out of line and the anti-semitic tag will be thrown. And of course – extra-judicial assassinations notwithstanding – there is a logic that can be trotted out to support their stance: Israel as a democracy, a free press etc. Sure it is a disconnect from current reality but perhaps the new stance of abstaining in UN votes together with a more nuanced  world view in criticising issues such as border restrictions, Apartheid like racism and state sanctioned terrorism will get a response. I'm not hopeful but then nor was I at the sudden end of the old South Africa. Who knows, maybe a good democratic  result from the latest Iraqi elections might start something.  

  • Marilyn

    They still believe the fairy tale of Israel being started by diplomacy though.   Deranged isn't it?