ZCNSW Statement on ALP National Conference Mid-East Resolution

The Zionist Council of NSW views with disappointment the resolution passed at the Australian Labor Party (ALP) National Conference on the 26th of July (coincidentally Tisha B’Av) on the Israel Palestinian issue.

This resolution dents the bipartisan approach that has existed in Australia in order to reach a Two State for Two People solution by not understanding what these words mean.

The Two State for Two People solution is the position that the Jewish people and the State of Israel have supported and aimed towards from even before her establishment.

This key point was neither recognised by the ALP resolution nor understood by the movers of the motion.

The Palestinians have sought to avoid direct negotiations with Israel precisely to avoid having to recognise Israel as a Jewish State and have literally conned some members of the international community into allowing the Palestinians to bypass direct negotiations and gain unilateral recognition.

Sadly the Australian Labor Party has fallen into this trap.

Despite Labor’s welcome words of commitment to the Two State for Two People solution, Labor does not actually require the Palestinians to agree to Israel as a Jewish State.

It is a deviation from the principled stand by then Prime Minister Julia Gillard when she emphasised on the 25th of November 2011 that “A just and secure Israel as a homeland for the Jewish People is an indispensable part of a just and secure world”.

Until the ALP recognises that under a Two State for Two People resolution a requirement is not merely recognition of the State of Israel per se, but recognition of the State of Israel as the vehicle for Jewish self-determination, the ALP is not really pushing for the aforementioned solution.

Rather this new ALP resolution merely requires a Two State Solution where Labor recognises the “special circumstances of the Palestinian people”, but does not mention the rights of the Jewish people, or the Jewish right to self-determination, or the existence of Israel as a Jewish State.

There is no mention of any special circumstances around the situation of the Jewish people, only of the Palestinians.

The resolution allows the Palestinians to avoid coming to the negotiating table, as if negotiations will not proceed the ALP will apparently blame Israel and will consider unilateral steps to recognise a Palestinian State.

Therefore as per Labor’s resolution, the Palestinians have further encouragement to avoid sitting down with Israel to actually negotiate a Two State for Two People solution.

By the Palestinians simply doing nothing and agreeing to nothing, Labor will consider rewarding them by supporting unilateral moves towards a Palestinian State.

It should be noted that the Labor resolution ignores years of positive statements and actions by Prime Minister Netanyahu in support of the establishment of a Palestinian State and highlights some unscripted throwaway lines made in the heat of an election campaign. Comments later retracted by Prime Minister Netanyahu.

This is all the more disingenuous and astounding when one considers that not a single statement by Palestinian leaders about how they will never agree to Israel as the Jewish State, nor the general incitement that occurs in the Palestinian media and education system against the Jewish State, were worthy of mention in the new ALP policy stance.

It should also be noted that the Labor Party resolution falsely makes a pre-determination that the “settlements are illegal under international law”.

Dr Ron Weiser AM
Hon Life President
Zionist Council of NSW

Link to statement: https://www.facebook.com/AustraliaPalestineAdvocacyNetwork/posts/865757993477384?fref=nf&pnref=story

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7 comments

  1. “…Sadly the Australian Labor Party has fallen into this trap.”

    With sharp brains like that of the “passionate pro-Palestinian” Deputy Labor Leader very much in the frame, I dont think that the Left has fallen into a “trap”. As someone said:

    “When the consequences of naivitey are the same as the consequences of malice, it is wiser and safer to assume malice”, especially when we consider the closeness between The Greens and Labor:

    http://resources0.news.com.au/images/2011/04/06/1226034/989548-greens-senator.jpg

    • Leon Poddebsky

      Rita, I agree entirely: it was a calculated act of hostility aimed against Israel’s legitimate and legal entitlements and welfare.
      To ascribe it to naivete or absence of mind is to ignore what Carr et al have declared about “their constituency’s” interests: their constituency would be satisfied with nothing less than the extinction of Jewish national self-determination, and the ALP is essentially a collaborator in the campaign to achieve that.
      Do Australians want a government that promotes the values that are identified with Israel or a government that prefers the values of Israel’s enemies?

      • To tell you the honest truth Leon I think the average voter is not interested unless it is a better outcome for them

        • Leon Poddebsky

          Yes, Shirley.
          And the ALP has not, because it cannot,explain to Australians why their betrayal of Israel and their promotion of increased instability and chaos, can possibly benefit Australia.

  2. Otto Waldmann

    A statement I can fully subscribe to. NSW Zionist Council says it the way genuine Zionists should.
    I would have gone a bit further and mention the tangible danger that ALP may turn even worse if a certain MsTurner has it her way !!!

  3. Leon Poddebsky

    The ALP is a collaborator in the diplomatic”assault on the law of nations” (the late professor Julius Stone’s phrase), which is part of the campaign for the phased extinction of Jewish national self-determination.