Thursday, July 4, 2013

The Unmentionables


It was sorely tempting to decorate this post with cheap shot images of  Australia's new Prime Minister-Again Kevin Rudd sitting under a picture of Yasser Arafat and grinning like a virgin princess on Valium at the Palestinian Authority after giving it another big fat wad of Australian taxpayers' hard earned money  to help educate "Palestinian" children at UNWRA schools that they must return and reclaim villages and lands that do not exist;  Bob Carr, now FM,  getting all matey with Hanan Ashrawi just before presenting her with the Sydney Peace Prize for handling the PR of Arafat's murder spree and massacres of Jewish kids and Holocaust survivors the year before; Bob Carr again, completely lost for words on the steps of the Lakemba Mosque and not even mentioning, not even once, not even  in private, not even by allusion that there was about to be a change in Australia's position towards Israel in the UN even before the Prime Minister knew, or not mentioning anything else remotely to do with Israel or Palestine for that matter and with all this non-mentioning going on in the presence of the Mufti of Australia who may or may not have already packed his bags for Gaza .. you know .. that sort of thing.

But then I thought ... to hell with it, this is a blog and that is what blogs do ... and so as you can see, I gave into temptation.   

Within days of the departure of Julia Gillard,  Bob Carr has firmly signalled that the foreign policy coup on the Middle East  that he and the deplorable Gareth Evans, who is supposed to be a private citizen,  pulled off last December  is now official and entrenched in the new Labor Government.  If anything the policy is even more cracked and deluded than when Carr and the party first rolled Gillard so undermining her authority that it contributed to her retirement two months early six months later.  

The Australian has published an article by Carr on Israel and "Palestine"  which without question would have been cleared by Rudd's office and should be read perhaps more in sorrow than anger.

Lets get the worst of the news out of the way first. The Foreign Minister is a fan of The West Wing, he has seen those cheesy episodes set in Camp David and Gaza and Australia's Middle East foreign policy is being written by Aaron Sorkin. 


To sum up the policy. Israel and the PA should commit to negotiations without preconditions which is something that Israel has been committed for years  but the PA refuses and is intractable.  Doesn't that tell you something just for a start? 

The Palestinians must keep to the November hudna and stop trying to murder civilians with missiles fired from Gaza. But this is a ceasefire that was forced by the IDF, is enforced by the IDF and only by the IDF. Does the FM actually know that Gaza is controlled by Hamas which is violently opposed to  negotiations at all? Ever? Shelling civilians is the least they will do to stop any meaningful talks.


Israel should cease building "new settlements" or "settlement activity" in the "West Bank" which is "illegal" and has seen a "demographic surge" of about 190 000  "settlers" in ten years. Less than the number of Victorians who moved to the Gold Coast in the same period.  Fewer than the number of New Zealanders who show up at Coolangatta airport and forget to go home. OF, some hyperbole but that's what I call a demographic surge.

There have been no new settlements for years. This gets thrown in the river as routine to muddy the water and to provide cover for what is essentially a racist policy.

Does Carr's policy ban on illegal "settlement activity" include construction projects to provide housing for Arabs within Israel's area of authority over the Green Line? Of course not. We must be clear about this. This is a no-Jew policy. Pure and simple.

Where is this "West Bank" that Carr says is illegal for Jews to live anyway and what does it include? According to Carr it includes all the land that everyone knows is earmarked for Israel under any realistic two state solution. It is now clear that the Australian Government believes it includes even Jerusalem or at least that part of Jerusalem "so plain" that Yasser Arafat could show Henry Kissinger in a street directory in a Jerusalem restaurant. I wonder whether that Jew was on the permitted side of town.

How many Australians know that its Government advocates a policy that condemns as illegal Jews (and only Jews -- not Muslims; not even Muslims who are Israeli citizens)  living on the wrong side of Jerusalem? Nearly a hundred years after Australian troops helped to take Jerusalem from the Ottomans in the full knowledge that this was to be the place of a Jewish national home, the Australian Government advocates a policy that confines Jews to a part of the city beyond a line that could be a law straight from any medieval European canton . Welcome to the modern Zionist dream a la the Australian  Government.      

It doesn't even occur to Carr that this is offensive. 

Now comes the real kicker. Carr finds Palestinian intransigence unmentionable.  They all do. While condemning  as illegal Jews building homes for themselves in Jerusalem and Judea, the great hairy mammoth in the room, that all Palestinian factions reject and have always rejected the very notion of a  Jewish state with sovereignty over her borders and population, and left in peace, is utterly unmentionable. No body is allowed to talk about it.

It is time to tell the truth about the peace process. The formulation of policy based on illusions, double dealing and wishful thinking is dangerous now no less than it ever was. It is not in Australia's best interests and it is not at all in the interests of Australians to have a Government that indulges in this.  

Carr celebrates Australia's new UN policy of abstention. It was his policy in fact, and incredibly Gareth Evans, that Carr forced on a hugely reluctant PM,  humiliating her.  It "nudges" the parties towards negotiations he says (when it fact it does the complete opposite -- it encourages Palestinian intransigence by rewarding it.)  

Well that's a change for Carr anyway. The last time he spoke the reason for the policy change was so that he would have something to say the next time he was on the steps of the Mosque in Lakemba. Here's a suggestion for something he could say.

The Arab "right of return" to Israel is the greatest crock in history. You must implore the "Palestinians" to accept Israel, accept Palestine, accept peace and live in security and prosperity in economic union with Israel. And if they do not then they have forfeited all Australian sympathy. Their leaders will forever remain the authors of their own people's misery and to say anything else is to feed a delusion and is anti-"Palestinian" .

Carr complains there is no Plan B. That just shows a lack of creative thinking. In fact the world is dripping with Plan B's. I've had a shot at a Plan B myself. Another is for Israel to unilaterally declare the borders. There are other visions of a post-Palestine Middle East that have come to accept the futility of a notion that the "Palestinians" have rejected so utterly and violently. 

Here's an outstanding Plan B via Mike L.

cross posted Geoffff's Joint


  1. I've discovered that the real 'palestinian' homeworld was historically and since time immemorial located on the Nullarbor. That's where they belong.

    1. Trudy,

      The focus should not be on the 'Palestinian' Arabs. They are victims of their own leaders (the leaders and members of Fatah-PLO and Hamas) and of other Arab leaders and of, most importantly, Western leaders (European leaders and the members of the foreign-policy-making departments of the U.S. government -- the State Department, U.S. executive administrations) and, in many cases, are suffering.

      The focus should be on Western leaders. It is Western leaders who are most causing all of this. It is Western leaders who (out of anti-Jewish bigotry that they hold (typical, common, "normal" Western anti-Jewish bigotry -- typical, common, "normal" culturally Christian-European anti-Jewish bigotry), and out of greed that they have for petroleum trade with Muslim states in the Middle East) are currently enemies of the Jewish people, and have been enemies of the Jewish people since before Israel was officially re-founded in 1948, and who, inadvertently, are currently enemies also of, and who, inadvertently, for throughout the past many decades, after the Muslim Arab attack on Israel in 1948, have been enemies also of, the (conglomerate, newly conglomerated) group of Arab people who are now called the 'Palestinian' Arab people.

      The focus that Jewish people should have should also be on Jewish people themselves. Jewish people's own actions, and Jewish people's own minds -- Jewish people's own views about the situation -- Jewish people's own wrong views about the situation. Their own minds, and their own actions.

      It is Jewish people who have most allowed and furthered this situation -- by doing wrong actions -- actions which have harmed themselves (and which have, inadvertently, harmed others) -- the actions of allowing and enabling harmful wrong actions by non-Jewish people who are attacking the Jewish people and who have been attacking the Jewish people since before the official re-founding of Israel in 1948. Jewish people have done this because they have held wrong views about the situation. Jewish people have held wrong views about the situation because they have not been mindful, and because they have been ignorant.

      The 'Palestinian' Arab state is Jordan.

      MUDAR ZAHRAN on Michael Coren

      Mudar Zahran: "[The solution has] always been there"; "Jordan has always been the homeland for the Palestinians [the 'Palestinian' Arabs]. This was the agreement. Very few people understand the history of the problem."

      Howard Grief - EC4I middle east conflict documentary: Give Peace A Chance

      "A 15 minute film about a new perspective for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians* based on the discovery of the formerly classified minutes from the San Remo peace conference of April, 1920. This long hidden document explains the legal rights of the Jews as well as the Palestinians. By returning to the negotiating table and respecting historical facts and international law the film believes there can be real peace between Israel and the Palestinians. ..."

      Note: * "Palestinians": 'Palestinian' Arabs

  2. Thanks for keeping us up on this, geoffff.

    (PS: the link in this paragraph appears to be broken? -- "The Australian has published an article by Carr on Israel and "Palestine" which without question would have been cleared by Rudd's office and should be read perhaps more in sorrow than anger.")

    I'll say this for him, if he doesn't want to -

    The Arab "right of return" to Israel is the greatest crock in history. You must implore the "Palestinians" to accept Israel, accept Palestine, accept peace and live in security and prosperity in economic union with Israel. And if they do not then they have forfeited all Australian sympathy. Their leaders will forever remain the authors of their own people's misery and to say anything else is to feed a delusion and is anti-"Palestinian".

    Well put.

    I'm largely free for the next few weeks, and I surely wouldn't mind a vacation to Australia if someone wants to put me up. ;)

    But I suppose when folks like us say such a thing, it's apparently not to be taken seriously, becausebecausebecausejooooooz or something like that, right?

    To say such a thing is probably 'right wing' (gasp!), too, I'm sure.

    So clearly, that is unacceptable. Let's just instead continue to do what we've been doing all along, and hope for different results this time...

    1. Thanks for that Jay. I've fixed the link.

      Welcome any time Jay. Just get yourself to Coolangatta airport and I'll pick you up. Plenty of room. Goes for everyone.

    2. Considering that I'm a fellow democratic socialist, and a Teamster, I would think my international comrades in the Australian Labor Party might like to hear my thoughts, even if I am a Yank.

      So maybe they can cover my airfare there?


      I'll tour all of Australia, and if nothing else I'd at least be amusing!


      But ah, I'd bet folks like Carr don't really care what others think, eh?

  3. Does Carr's policy ban on illegal "settlement activity" include construction projects to provide housing for Arabs within Israel's area of authority over the Green Line? Of course not. We must be clear about this. This is a no-Jew policy. Pure and simple.

    I'm glad to see that you are on fire lately because I am decidedly not.

    But, yes, what drives me bats - particularly about progressive Jewish disdain for the Jews in Judea - is that it is entirely bigoted or "racist" against our own people.

    I am firmly of the opinion that we need to support the rights of the Jewish people to live anywhere within our traditional homeland. This does not necessarily mean that there can be no two state solution, but what it does mean is that while Israel contains many Arabs, so any future state of "Palestine" must contain many Jews.

    If this is unacceptable to anyone than they are being racist. If the local Arabs want a Judenrein state then they should get nothing.

  4. Geoffrey, did you know that Anthony Albanese, (our new Deputy PM) is a Founder Member of Parliamentary Friends of Palestine.?

    1. Yes Shirl. I knew that.
      You should have heard what Norm said when the GG swore him in.

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  6. The British Mandate of Palestine, which included what is now Jordan, was originally intended to be the Jewish National Home.

    Jordan was subsequently created and carved out of the British Mandate of Palestine by British officials and given to the Hashemites, in contravention to the Faisal-Weizmann Agreement of 1919 and in contravention to the (still currently legally binding official international law mandate) San Remo Conference of 1920. Yet Jewish people -- Jewish leaders -- allowed and accepted this. Then the remaining part of the British Mandate of Palestine was carved up, by British officials, into proposed versions of the Jewish State and proposed versions of an additional Arab state -- even though a 'Palestinian' Arab state -- Jordan (which at that time was named Transjordan) -- had already been created. And Jewish people -- Jewish leaders -- allowed and accepted this.

    There is already a "Two State Solution": Jordan and Israel.

    1. So you think that Israel should incorporate the Arabs of Judea and Samaria as citizens?

      Would that not undermine Israel as a Jewish State?

      Or would you prefer it to be less democratic?

      That's the dilemma.

    2. "So you think that Israel should incorporate the Arabs of Judea and Samaria as citizens?"

      That's a question for later. That can be answered -- by all of the parties involved -- after the boundaries -- the ideological boundaries -- are set.

      The first thing is to establish the boundaries -- the ideological boundaries -- in accordance with the truth, by telling the truth.

  7. "ideological boundaries"

    I am not exactly certain what you mean by that, but if you mean accepting certain truths as core to the pro-Israel position then I would tend to agree with you.

    For example, it is unquestionably the case that majorities of the local Arabs only started thinking of themselves as "Palestinian" in the 1960s and did so quite specifically as a tactic to undermine Jewish sovereignty on Jewish land.

    Another core truth is that Judea and Samaria is Jewish land. Period. We may be so gracious as to allow yet another Arab state on that land, but it is still Jewish land.

    We should not deny our own birthright.