Mr Howard wants to learn how to colonise quietly

I’m sure the great former Australian leader will talk to the Zionist state about the best ways to kill Arabs under occupation:

Former prime minister John Howard will visit Israel as a guest of the Israeli government.

The trip is being treated as a state visit and will include a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The unusual honour for a former head of government reflects Mr Howard’s reputation as an ”unapologetic friend of Israel” – his own description while prime minister.

It contrasts with the snubbing of former US president Jimmy Carter and former Irish president Mary Robinson, both vocal critics, on repeated private visits.

Mr Howard said yesterday he would be travelling as a guest of the government to meet senior people, including Mr Netanyahu. He had previously visited in 2000 as prime minister, with two earlier trips in 1964, and 1988 as opposition leader.

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