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Is the Aussie Zionist lobby in trouble?

One of Australia’s foremost academics, Scott Burchill, senses a change in Australian public opinion over Israel. The Zionist lobby will have noticed. As will the lobby’s closest backers (such support is always helped by regular free trips to Israel and a constant stream of press releases). Over to Burchill in an online exclusive:

Sometimes government spin doctors don’t need to work very hard to earn the allegiance and pro-active support of “opinion makers” in the media. News Limited’s Andrew Bolt and Greg Sheridan, for example, will offer uncritical support for Israel’s crimes without being prompted. However, a little positive reinforcement never hurts.

Andrew Bolt’s Israel junket in June last year (led by Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard) has paid off handsomely, especially given the recent need to defend Mossad’s identity theft of Australian passports and Israel’s crimes off the coast of Gaza. A case of money well spent, even if it was unnecessary. Bolt is arguably Israel’s most vocal apologist in the Australian media even if his knowledge of the subject is limited to Israeli media releases. A quick glance of the comments left on his blog after each apologia, however, suggests even he is struggling to mobilise the right behind his extreme Zionism. Things have now reached the point where Bolt is complaining about his own readers. Still he is repaying his sponsors in spades. Those of us who have been subject to Zionist hate mail for years can only smile at the irony of this.

Greg Sheridan also joined the 2009 guided tour. In 2007 The Australian’s Foreign Editor received the Jerusalem Prize. Sponsored jointly by the Israeli Government and the local Jewish community (Zionist Federation of Australia), Sheridan boasts that the prize is awarded to “people who have supported Israel conspicuously,” a charge he proudly accepts. Of course no self-respecting journalist with even the barest understanding of the word “independence” would ever accept an award from a state or its domestic lobbyists, but Sheridan clearly cannot understand the concept ‘conflict of interest’, let alone avoid it.

Interestingly, he is facing a similar reader revolt to his stablemate. Below his exculpation of Israel’s passport fraud and identity theft against innocent Australians, over 95% of commentators opposed his apologetics. There was similar level of opposition following his support for Israeli state terror off the coast of Gaza.

Are there any lessons to be drawn from these developments? I think there are two. The first is that Israel’s attack on Gaza in December 2008 fundamentally changed world opinion about the Israel-Palestine conflict – probably the worst diplomatic “own goal” in Israel’s short history. The second is that, thanks largely to alternative, accessible media sources, and the increasingly arrogant recklessness of the dysfunctional Netanyahu Government, the Israel lobby in Australia (and the US) is finding life much more difficult than they have been accustomed to. If readers of The Australian and the Herald-Sun are no longer buying the message, the tide has indeed turned.

6 comments ↪
  • Marilyn

    Have you seen the 1 hour film by the Brazilian film maker?   Two of the men were murdered with shots in the head before a single soldier landed on board the ship.

    It's a shocking piece of film, one man died in front of our eyes.

  • mallee

    As  a simpleton, many years ago I was sold on the Israel birth, cause and the guilt of something that was done to many people in a far off place. Paul Newman has a lot to answer for!

    Now I know I was conned, it is very upsetting to realise that one once supported an administration of manipulators, thugs and thieves that base their existence on the desires and minipulations of a few zionists in abut 1890 and following, combined with the propaganda  nonsense about being chosen by God. Even Einsteinwith many other Jews, opposed the creation of the UN's spoilt child .

    That support of course was continued and founded on a lying manipulating media, lying gutless politicians and the 'Hollywood Con'.

    Scott Burchill has a  grand understatement when he  states:

    "If readers of The Australian and the Herald-Sun are no longer buying the message, the tide has indeed turned."

    Who is buying their silly newspapers anyway, let alone reading the usual crap from the same boring commentators whose misinformation bile is easily contested through competent inter-net research?

    Our politicians, particularly the Abbotts and Bishops with the Gillards, should be taking note. I will never forget that our parliamentary 'fact seeking free lunch trip' squandered an opportunity to go into Gaza and have a look. Damm shameful and indicative of a lack of objectivity and interest; in the necessary standards of a required basic dignity for humanity. Let alone, a betrayal of the Australian people, to whom they owe a duty of care; to not deceive with biased and uninformed accounts of circumstances that lead to a deception of the Australian people that may lead to the implemenation of unjustified warmongering  policies and commitments, that result in unwarranted death and injury to our services. Then they have the hide to massage their egos with disengeuous expressions in ANZAC day speeches. Shamefull!! It is not only the Israel administration that is losing credibility.

     

  • Marilyn

    All the fools backing the bitch Gillard need to remember her vicious coldness when the children of Gaza were being bombed to bits.

  • Are you familiar with the views of Dr Alan Sabrovsky, formerly Director of Studies at the U.S. Army War College.

    Dr Sabrovsky shares the view of an increasing number of people around the world that 9-11 was a Zionist black op (carried out, of course, with the collusion and complicity of many corrupt gentiles, but co-ordinated by so-called Israeli 'intelligence agencies').
    It follows that the entire 'War on Terror' is bogus – and the Afghan invasion (as well as the invasion of Iraq) was carried out on entirely false premises.
    I've held this view for years now – and been banned from numerous Australian websites for pointing out what seems to me rather obvious (remember my exlcusion from WebDiary back in 2006?)
    I wonder how many more vicious Zionist crimes we need to witness before anti-Zionists start using the strongest cards in our pack?
    A couple of references for those unfamiliar with this material:
    1/ Professor David Ray Griffen demonstrates with clinical precision that 9-11 was a false flag operation: http://edwardrynearson.wordpress.com/2010/05/02/i
    2/ Dr Alan Sabrovsky pins the tail on the donkey: http://911falseflagarchive.blogspot.com/2010/03/d

  • I have only recently come across Greg Sheridan and realised he has an aganda.

    Check out the premise in this article:
    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/all-
    "In this scenario, the naval operation would have been designed by Kim Jong-un to show he has the steel and toughness to succeed his father."

    According to him, the operation was designed to shore up support for Kim Jong-un.

    One has to ask just who was Kim Jong-un trying to impress? It cannot have been the people of either country – NK has vehemently denied responsibility.  Was it to impress the small inner circle around the leadership? The idea is quite preposterous yet has an appeal to the uninformed.

    In fact, the torpedo scenario is full of holes, not the least of which is that a non-contact torpedo cannot blow a small piece off the stern of a ship – it needs the inertia of the two ends in order to break the back of the ship and thus must explode near the middle.

    I tried to post some updated information, politely and with support, in the comments section under the article. Despite five attempts, nothing appeared.

    There is something very interesting going on regards this incident and all the usual suspects are running the same line as Sheridan despite the mounting evidence that the whole thing is bogus:
    http://brewerstroupe.blogspot.com/2010/05/blog-po
    What I can't figure out is Israel's interest unless it is just more grist to the "attack Iran" mill.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • ej

    Contrary views on the sinking of the Cheonan are all over the place. e.g. Asia Times.

    And not merely Sheridan, but Faifax's Peter Hartcher. (posted titles as the system won't presently allow web links)

    this 25 MAy

    'North Korea kills to scare and keep the money coming'

    and before that, Turkey (the new axis of evil for you know who), 4 May

    'Admiral's arrest could signal Turkey's swing against secularism'

    and then out in the open plugging for Israel, 2 June

    'Israel's action has turned attention away from Tehran'

    Doing a job?