When one, tiny nation didn’t like war crimes in Gaza

Satire is dead. One little country dares vote to investigate war crimes in Gaza and the Jewish state is appalled, outraged and probably about to accuse the country of anti-Semitism. Ludicrous:

Israel is sending a foreign ministry official to the Solomon Islands next week to seek an explanation as to why it was the only country in Oceania to vote at the UN for the Goldstone report condemning Israel’s assault on Gaza.

Solomon Islands’ Foreign Minister William Haomae a year ago flew to Iran, following a meeting at the UN in New York with counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki, to explore the prospect of formalising diplomatic relations, and of benefiting from Iranian aid.

Prime Minister Derek Sikua also held talks with Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when both were attending the UN General Assembly in September last year.

Mr Haomae said at the time that Iran’s assistance might be helpful in dam construction, training for the oil and gas industries — for which the Solomons hopes to attract exploration — and trade in general.

The Solomons foreign ministry issued a statement that “as a peace-loving state, we have adopted a foreign policy of `friends to all, enemies to none”‘ — also the foreign policy slogan of the first Papua New Guinea government of Michael Somare.


The Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru and Palau joined Australia in opposing the Goldstone report into Israel’s January assault on Hamas. Fiji, PNG, Samoa and Tonga joined New Zealand in abstaining. Only the Solomon Islands voted in favour.

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