Ali Kazak (ACT) on Koutsoukis article The Sydney Morning Herald 23 June 2009 June 23, 2009

The Sydney Morning Herald: “Gillard arrives for dialogue with Israel amid calls to cancel her trip” by Jason Koutsoukis in Jerusalem

Ms Gillard’s trip to Israel will not serve Australia’s national interest (SMH 23/6). In her interview on the ABC AM program this morning, she said the aim of her visit was to strengthen Australia’s relations with Israel, as if Australia’s not biased enough to Israel, the occupying power. What Australia is in need of is to strengthen its relations with the Palestinians, the occupied and oppressed, and the Arab countries. Her visit to the occupied Palestinian territories and meetings with Palestinian officials is not aimed to similarly strengthen Australia’s relations with Palestine, but merely window-dressing.

Australia’s biased policy has isolated Australia from the international community where at the United Nations Australia sides with half a dozen countries against the rest of the world. This has inflicted tremendous damage to Australia’s image and national interest around the world.

Ms Gillard’s visit will strengthen this biased stand of Australia’s towards the occupying power against Israel.

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