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Passport scandal? What passport scandal?

(Via Michael Brull):

Australian Jewish News, p 3, Friday March 12 2009

This week (Tuesday night) [Australian] Treasurer Wayne Swan spoke at UIA (United Israel Appeal) and explained that Australia and Israel would “always be great friends”. He went on that “Australia and Israel will always be great friends – even if questions do arise between us from time to time as they have in recent weeks. What matters is that two great friends can get through such times, with lessons learnt.”

4 comments ↪
  • Marilyn

    Why do these morons have to always make fools over the Israelis'?  Israel has never done anything for anyone but Israel and the gun down anyone, including Australian's, that they feel like.

    I have had a gutful of these grovelling clowns.

  • Kevin Charles Herber

    Marilyn:

    It's because the Aussie Zionist lobby here operates a 2 steps removed permanent electoral threat to the Government of the day, that if they (the Government) don't toe the Zionist line, then a 2nd level marginal seat campaign (i.e. the marginals needing more than a 4% swing against the Government) will be undertaken, which is currently undetectable given the present $ political donation declaration levels.

    In other words, even if the Aussie Zionists miss unseating the Government first time around, they'll unseat it at the election after.

    Think Bennelong..and what was done to Howard…..& extrapolate this strategy Australia-wide….this is the political ploy used by AIPAC & the ADL in the US…and it's well in play in Australia.

  • Marilyn

    There are only 88,000 jews in Australia, it is time the morons got a grip on bloody reality.

  • kamran naqvi

    I am glad the people so far seem to be infomred of the situation.  So many people around the world do not even have a basic understanding of the issues.  You right to say that a similar situation is apparent in the US it is exactly why the Israeli get away with so much.  You may have noticed they did not use US passports. A total disregard for the UK also. Israel did not even have the decency to have a honourable response other than say it is disappointed.  First they commint an asssaination then cant even accept that fact that they got found out. Isarael obviously has no respect for all the nations whose passports were cloned. They are getting far too big for there boots. The funny thing is they have annoyed the US in recent days because of their illegal settlements expansion and now also the UK and others but noone has anything strong enough towarrant the condemnation of such an outrage, so it is likely they will go out an carry out more illegal activities.  If you look into it Israel had done passport fogery in 1980's also againt the UK and there then Foreign Secretary assured the UK that it would not happen again.  Seems to me that they seem to thing that they can get away with Murder …litterally and they know no-one will take any serious steps against them.  It is no wonder they have been brakeing UN resoloutions for decades…why do think that there is still considerable unrest in the Middle East…they may have aright to live in peace but so do the others who teritorry they keep illegally expanding on…where is the justice???