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Blind western backing for Israel only leads to more terrorism

The following article by Ian Munro appears in today’s Melbourne Age:

Australia’s 12,000-strong Israeli community is deeply divided over the government’s deportation of an Israeli diplomat, with many angry that Israel risked good relations with a strong friend, former security analyst Ran Porat said.

Mr Porat, a journalist who is undertaking postgraduate research into the expatriate community, said Israelis in the past would have opposed utterly any diplomatic action against their country.

”Nowadays they are more sober and most of them understand the need of Australia to do something. They know Australia can’t stand aside and see its official documents violated,” said Mr Porat.

Others within the Jewish community were also supportive of Australia’s action. Les Rosenblatt, spokesman for the liberal Australian Jewish Democratic Society, said Israel needed to show its friends the same respect it demanded for itself.

”If there’s any truth to the accusations about the forging of Australian passports with the authorisation of the Israeli government, then that deserves a fairly strong rebuff by a good friend,” Mr Rosenblatt said.

He said the expulsion was justified to re-establish a trusting and respectful relationship.

While there has been no confirmation of Israel’s involvement with forged Australian passports used in the January assassination of Hamas activist Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh, journalist and author Antony Loewenstein said the use by Mossad agents of forged travel documents was ”normal behaviour”.

”In a way the question is why this time it has generated the outrage that it has,” Mr Loewenstein said.

He said claims that Israel’s actions be excused because it was fighting terrorism misunderstood the long-term effect.

”This kind of action [the assassination] gives a short-term satisfaction that one is dealing with terrorism … but there’s a direct connection between a lawless and criminal assassination which has no basis in international law to increased hatred of both Israel and the Western states that support Israel,” Mr Loewenstein said.

Prominent members of the Jewish community are critical of Australia’s action. The Australia-Israel Jewish Affairs Council maintains the Australian action in deporting an Israeli official is excessive.

And the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, which claims to be the most representative Jewish community organisation, said there was nothing to suggest the Australian passport holders were the victims of anything other than theft.

”Little good can come from taking punitive action in relation to this matter against Israel, which is the Middle East’s only stable democracy and the only Middle Eastern country that can be relied on to act resolutely against international terrorism,” council president Robert Goot said.

Despite the criticism of Israel’s apparent forgery of Australian documents, few believe there will be a lasting rift between the two countries.

Mr Loewenstein said that while Foreign Minister Stephen Smith spoke of a cooling of the relationship, history showed the ties remained strong.

Mr Goot also said the mutual friendship and co-operation would endure.

Mr Porat said almost equal numbers within the Israeli community would view the expulsion as an overreaction. But relations would be resumed. ”Once that official process is complete, you can move on,” he said.

  • Don

    I dont believe that it was an overreaction to expel that goon .

    In fact , if there were any justice in the world , we would kick him up the arse first  , then send him back to mummy Israel via USA , for a bit of torture first .

  • Mallee

    Intelligence fakery is par for the course and those who manage that agenda leads the public to hate others and then help invade and kill.

    As this is topical, a clasic example is  from the Washington Post and is linked at Alex Jone's Prison Planet today, in a report by Steve Watson.

    Surprise surprise: the 'CIA Cinema Production Corporation' (my description) produce fake Bin Laden videos. This is a quote  from the WT:

    "The agency actually did make a video purporting to show Osama Bin Laden and his cronies sitting around a campfire swigging bottles of liquor and savoring their conquests with boys, one of the former CIA officers recalled, chuckling at the memory. The actors were drawn from 'some of us darker-skinned employees' he said".

    "….conquests with boys……….."??? Do we assocaite with these sickos? Ah, yes and with torturers and murderers.

    The steve Watson article digs further into the phoney BIn Laden tapes that have been spruiked by our purile controlled mass media to salivate us to blame Bin

    Laden for 9/11 and to go on home invasion sprees to foreign lands. Even though the FBI do not seek him for that particular mass murder…they have not the evidence!!! But our press /radio jock and Parliamentarians keep blaming him, perhaps they should advise the FBI, of the evidence that they have?

    Seems that our last two and present parliaments are the nost gullible collection of individuals under one roof since federation. Perhaps they should be chucked out with the the other spook.

    (search; patriotsquestion9/ and for some scientific exposure ; of real fakery and the 9/11 official flat earthers official conspiracy theory)