Julia Gilllard’s determination to vote ‘with’ Israel and the US is a clear indication of her agenda. She is a globalist. Any rhetoric about supporting a two state existence for Israel and Palestine is simply that and has no substance.
The fact that she has been forced by the Foreign office and colleagues to compromise by abstaining is fortunate for Australia and represents some semblance of democracy. Nevertheless, a true humanitarian approach would have seen a vote supporting Palestine. To suggest that abstaining supports the peace process is pure nonsense.
In a scenario typical of “Yes, Prime Minister”, decisions are made independently of the public or humanitarian grounds, and are simply based on political and vote winning factors.
From the ‘Yahoo 7 News’:
Julia Gillard has relented to a Cabinet and backbench push and agreed that Australia will adopt a neutral line on a crucial United Nations vote to give greater status to Palestine – a move certain to anger Washington and Tel Aviv.
In a historic shift, Australia will abstain from a scheduled vote in the UN tomorrow granting observer status to the Palestinian Authority.
Australia had been under pressure from the US and Israel to vote against the change, warning it could harm the Middle East peace process.
_The West Australian _ understands the Prime Minister was told by several ministers in Cabinet on Monday night that Australia should abstain or vote yes.
Ministers Stephen Conroy and Bill Shorten supported the PM’s view that Australia should vote no. But Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr, Chris Bowen and Tony Burke – all members of the NSW Right – and Anthony Albanese and Martin Ferguson – both of the Left – argued that Australia should vote yes or abstain.
It is believed about five other ministers shared that view.
Views from both sides were expressed firmly and at the end of the meeting Ms Gillard decided Australia would vote no.
However, yesterday, after taking soundings from backbenchers, she changed her mind and relented.
It is understood Deputy PM Wayne Swan advised Ms Gillard that she should back down.
Many key marginal seats in western Sydney are now home to large Muslim populations and sitting Labor members face demands from constituents to take a more neutral line on the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Read the article here.
- Backbench revolt forces PM to drop Israel support (smh.com.au)