Australia’s beleaguared coalition government led by Liberal Prime Minister Scott Morrison has recognized West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, which he claims brings it ‘incredible influence’ towards Israel.
In his speech where he announced this Morrison attacked United Nations for not giving Israel a free hand to abuse the occupied Palestinians:
“We regard the biased and unfair targeting of Israel in the UN general assembly in particular, as deeply unhelpful to efforts to build peace and stability. The UN general assembly is now the place where Israel is bullied and where antisemitism is cloaked in the language of human rights.”
For Palestinians Morrison threw a pitiful, meatless bone, saying that Australia ‘recognizes’ their ‘aspiration’ of having East Jerusalem as their capital – instead of doing the logical thing and recognizing East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital.
As Arab and Muslim governments have warned Australia from making this announcement, Morrison tried to downplay its importance to that direction, saying that Australia’s embassy would stay in Tel Aviv until a peace deal would be signed and that only a ‘trade and defence office’ would be established in divided Jerusalem.
Opposition Labor Party, leading in the polls, has announced that it will revert the decision if it comes to power in the next year’s elections, calling it ‘all risk and no gain’.
AN EXTREMIST GOVERNMENT IN TROUBLE
The minority coalition government of Liberals and Nationals is currently trailing the Labor Party in the polls and is bleeding support after copying policies from the Trump administration in the United States – which it has convinced itself to be a vote winner, although results from the byelections and state elections have shown otherwise.
During a recent byelection in Wentworth the government accused Labor of ‘antisemitism’ because it wasn’t, according to the government, supporting Israeli occupation and attacking its criticism enough. The seat at Wentworth had opened after Morrison(50) had defeated prime minister Malcolm Turnbull(63) in a inter-party coup and Turnbull had resigned from the parliament.
Labor in power has had a Liberal Zionist foreign policy – described to having been contracted to Australia’s Israel Lobby under prime ministers like Julia Gillard(57). Current Labor leader Bill Shorten’s(51) announcement that he would rescind the move is thus a mild but an encouraging surprise.
Wentworth had 12.5 % percentage of Jewish voters, but the Liberal candidate Dave Sharma(43), former Australian ambassador to Israel, suffered a resounding defeat. In their electoral calculation the Jewish voters had been mis-stereotyped as one-issue voters (and the one-issue being Israel) by the Liberals.
The defeat hasn’t stopped the coalition. Like many right-wing and centrist parties in the ‘West’, the coalition parties have convinced themselves that support for Israeli occupation is a magical election winning strategy, although there has never been any poll support for that.
When the coalition government with its quickly changing prime ministers earlier floated the idea of recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s cabinet, the proposition gathered only ~20 % support among the electorate in polls, mainly among conservative Christian Zionists.
Instead a hermetic Canberra echo chamber where Israeli Lobby, Israel’s regime, press dominated by pro- Israeli occupation media corporations and Christian Zionist extremists is behind this decision, which is not isolated – the government is pursuing unpopular policies on several fronts, from opposing the bringing of ill and suicidal refugee children from the Australian gulags abroad for treatment to creating backdoors in communication technology for the easier surveillance of citizentry.
Australia recognises West Jerusalem as Israel capital
Australia recognises West Jerusalem as Israeli capital
Australia recognises West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
PHOTO: Peter Haskin via The Australian Jewish News.