Australia’s tiff with Israel strains friendly ties

Among the very mobile killing squad suspects involved in the assassination of Hamas weapons smuggler Mahmoud al-Mabhouh were three Australian passport-holders who are also Israeli citizens.

Kevin Rudd wants Australia to sit on both sides of the table, scared by the Dubai affair.

Week end comment

by Mike Adams

According to a preliminary investigation by the Australian federal police, the Australian-Israelis have been victims of identity fraud. But the Australian government is far from satisfied with the silence from Israel on the passports issue and the conjectured involvement of Mossad.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has said: “There is a way to go yet with our friends in Israel to resolving these matters to the satisfaction of the Australian government. We’ll continue to work with our friends in Israel through multiple agencies and at the political level as well”.

The past year has seen Australia feature in mainstream Western media acting as a showcase on how to weather the world economic storm. A feather in the akubra came in the middle of February when the OECD released a report which confirms that the Rudd Government’s economic and regulatory reforms have protected Australia from the global financial crisis stating that Australia is a role model for OECD countries in its approach in this area. As per today Australia has the strongest performing economy of all the advanced economies with the fastest growth, the lowest debt, the lowest deficit, and the second lowest employment.

At the end of February, the “Dubai affair” caught the world’s imagination. In the fray of a diplomatic storm Australia became front page news; the Israeli ambassador had been summoned to give an explanation on why three new suspects over a murdered Hamas leader used Australian passports.

I then began to wonder: Is there any link between the remarkable economic performance Australia enjoys and her relations to Israel and the Jews? I discovered some interesting correlations.

Kevin Rudd, as I found out, is a conservative Christian with Jewish ancestry. Australia’s Jewish population is estimated at 120,000-strong, making up around five percent of the total populace. Rudd cites the anti-Nazi pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer as his mentor, and has for some time been quite the role model for Christian Zionists in Australian politics. On the eve of the 2007 federal election – which Rudd subsequently won by a comfortable majority – he was addressing Jewish leaders saying that “support for Israel and the Jewish community is in my DNA”. Both genetically and politically, it would seem.

Rudd’s own passport has the Israel stamp twice from trips undertaken in 2003 and 2005 – both sponsored by the “Australia-Israel Leadership Forum” (AILF) while Rudd served as the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs.

After the war in Gaza, Prime Minister Rudd wasted no time in gracing Israel by sending his Deputy, Julia Gillard, to visit the Holy Land in June 2009. She headed up a 40-plus delegation of politicians, academics, journalists and business people on a trip organised by the “Australia-Israel Cultural Exchange”. Gillard has been just as avid as her boss in supporting Israel. As acting prime minister during the first days of Operation Cast Lead in December 2008 she declared: “Clearly the act of aggression was engaged in by Hamas which commenced shelling with rockets and mortars into Israel. That is what breached the ceasefire, and Israel responded”.

In December Mr Rudd delivered the keynote address at a Sydney luncheon of the AILF in honour of the visiting envoy from Israel comprising Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom and other senior politicians. Rudd confirmed Australia’s loyalty to Israel, reminding the audience that Australia was the first country to support Israel’s establishment as an independent state at the UN in 1947.

Fast forward to the situation today where you get some forged passports and a crooked report. Silence becomes golden. Australia abstained when the Goldstone report came up in the UN in February. Three months ago, Australia voted against a similar resolution which sought to endorse the same report. Rudd and his Foreign Affairs Minister Stephen Smith deny that the abstention has anything to do with the Dubai assassination.

Way back in April 2007, at a meeting organised by Labor Friends of Israel, Labor leader Kevin Rudd praised the “vibrancy of Israel’s democracy”. He said that both Hamas, the dominant political grouping among the Palestinians, and Hezbollah, are terrorist organisations and “you can’t negotiate with terrorists”.

“Israel’s strategic challenges,” he said, “are great and that’s why it’s important that the modern state of Israel and its government has friends around the world. And I simply state unequivocally that we remain a strong and close friend of Israel in good times and bad”.

Time will tell if Kevin’s words still carry weight or come to liken the Australian Outback – marginally fertile. The God of Israel is, of course, testing the wisdom of Oz, and the mettle of His friends “down under”.

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3 thoughts on “Australia’s tiff with Israel strains friendly ties

  1. PRETRIB RAPTURE POLITICS

    Many are still unaware of the eccentric, 180-year-old British theory underlying the politics of American evangelicals and Christian Zionists.
    Journalist and historian Dave MacPherson has spent more than 40 years focusing on the origin and spread of what is known as the apocalyptic “pretribulation rapture” – the inspiration behind Hal Lindsey’s bestsellers of the 1970s and Tim LaHaye’s today.
    Although promoters of this endtime evacuation from earth constantly repeat their slogan that “it’s imminent and always has been” (which critics view more as a sales pitch than a scriptural statement), it was unknown in all official theology and organized religion before 1830.
    And MacPherson’s research also reveals how hostile the pretrib rapture view has been to other faiths:
    It is anti-Islam. TV preacher John Hagee has been advocating “a pre-emptive military strike against Iran.” (Google “Roots of Warlike Christian Zionism.”)
    It is anti-Jewish. MacPherson’s book “The Rapture Plot” (see Armageddon Books etc.) exposes hypocritical anti-Jewishness in even the theory’s foundation.
    It is anti-Catholic. Lindsey and C. I. Scofield are two of many leaders who claim that the final Antichrist will be a Roman Catholic. (Google “Pretrib Hypocrisy.”)
    It is anti-Protestant. For this reason no major Protestant denomination has ever adopted this escapist view.
    It even has some anti-evangelical aspects. The first publication promoting this novel endtime view spoke degradingly of “the name by which the mixed multitude of modern Moabites love to be distinguished, – the Evangelical World.” (MacPherson’s “Plot,” p. 85)
    Despite the above, MacPherson proves that the “glue” that holds constantly in-fighting evangelicals together long enough to be victorious voting blocs in elections is the same “fly away” view. He notes that Jerry Falwell, when giving political speeches just before an election, would unfailingly state: “We believe in the pretribulational rapture!”
    In addition to “The Rapture Plot,” MacPherson’s many internet articles include “Famous Rapture Watchers,” “Pretrib Rapture Diehards,” “Edward Irving is Unnerving,” “America’s Pretrib Rapture Traffickers,” “Thomas Ice (Bloopers),” “Pretrib Rapture Secrecy” and “Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty” (massive plagiarism, phony doctorates, changing of early “rapture” documents in order to falsely credit John Darby with this view, etc.!).
    Because of his devastating discoveries, MacPherson is now No. 1 on the “hate” list of pretrib rapture leaders!
    There’s no question that the leading promoters of this bizarre 19th century end-of-the-world doctrine are solidly pro-Israel and necessarily anti-Palestinian. In light of recently uncovered facts about this fringe-British-invented belief which has always been riddled with dishonesty, many are wondering why it should ever have any influence on Middle East affairs.
    This Johnny-come-lately view raises millions of dollars for political agendas. Only when scholars of all faiths begin to look deeply at it and widely air its “dirty linen” will it cease to be a power. It is the one theological view no one needs!
    With apologies to Winston Churchill – never has so much deception been foisted on so many by so few!

    [Also Google “David Letterman’s Hate, Etc.”]

    (Sharing above web bit that I spotted – Will)

    1. Dear Will.

      Shalom, and welcome to this site.

      All isms will pass away, also Zionism. Because the man is the message, Jesus of Nazareth. But this man Jesus will surely come back to a restored Zion, Back to the Mount of Olives in East Jerusalem. From there He will walk into the Temple, and bring an end to the last anti-Messiah, and rule the World from the throne of King David.

      Biblical Zionism is based on the scriptures, explaining to us that there will be a homecoming of Jews to the promised land in the Middle East. Nothing more, nothing less. And since Jesus of the Bible is behind the fulfillment of this prophetic Word, it is foolishness to work against His will.

      Christian Zionists do not always restricting them selves to send a message of Biblical Zionism. Some of us are involved in political matters. The Jews need to be told that Jesus loves them, and that they have to put their trust in Him. The IDF, the members of Knesset and the money in Tel Aviv is not going to save a single Jewish soul. Nor will working against the restored Jewish homeland save a single soul of the gentiles.

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