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.
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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