From The ZFA, 26 July 2015:
Last week Western Australian Labor Senator Joe Bullock took to the opinion
page the Australian, warning
that “obsessives” and
“cranks” were trying
to hijack his party’s Middle East policy.
Judging by the results of today’s ALP
National Conference, Senator Bullock’s prediction has come to pass.
The so-called ‘compromise’ ALP resolution on Israel-Palestine was the fruit of
hallway negotiations that dragged on until the last possible minute. Yet the
end product of this inter-factional haggling turned out to be as predicted
by Senator Bullock:
poorly thought-out and frankly foolish.”
Amongst the most pernicious facets of this misbegotten Labor resolution is the
moral equivalence that pollutes it to the core.
Both explicitly and implicitly
this declaration places the jihadi theo-fascists of Hamas on the same plane
as progressive democrats of Israel.
But it gets worse. The resolution contains a blatantly one-sided laundry list
of complaints against Israel whilst simultaneously endorsing the “special circumstances of the Palestinian
people, their desire for respect”.
And with its ex cathedra
declaration that Jewish settlements are “illegal”,
the ALP veers dangerously close to out-and-out ethnic bigotry with the implicit
assertion that any future Palestinian state must be devoid of any Jewish
population. In this respect the ALP is echoing the infamous declaration made in
2010 by Mahmoud Abbas that “we
won’t agree to the presence of one Israeli” within an independent
And finally this resolution ends with a biased diplomatic threat aimed
solely at a single party – Israel. In the event Middle East peace negotiations
do not proceed to the ALP’s satisfaction, it declares the intention to consider
unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state.
The whys and wherefores of such diplomatic failure will apparently be
irrelevant to the ALP. Even if the breakdown in negotiations is the result of
Palestinian recalcitrance – as has often been the case in the past – the
Palestinians will nonetheless be rewarded.
The perverse incentives that permeate this resolution are mind-boggling in
their stupidity. And while the resolution’s statement of opposition to BDS is
all well and good, it can hardly counterbalance the broader malignancies in the
policy adopted by the ALP.
Founded in 1927, the Zionist Federation of Australia (ZFA) is the national roof
body that unites all pro-Israel organizations within the Australian Jewish
community. And as such the ZFA would like to express it’s appreciation to all
those members of the Australian Labor Party who fought the good fight
behind-the-scenes against this ill-advised and ill-conceived resolution.
We look forward to working with Israel’s friends on a bi-partisan basis towards
the achievement of a Middle East peace agreement that is fair and enduring. It
is tragic that the resolution approved by the 2015 ALP National Conference does
injury to that effort.