John Roy writes to the new Prime Minister Julie Gillard about relations with Israel 30Jun10 July 2, 2010

Congratulations on your accession to Prime Minister – a key step in saving Australia from an Abbott government and improving current policies.

With its genocidal war on Gaza last year, its arrogant use of Australian passports in a targeted assassination in a third country and its brutal and illegal attack on the humanitarian aid convoy headed for Gaza, Israel under the hardline Netanyahu government seems to be moving even further away from policies which may lead to a 2-State solution. Of course, Hamas is not entirely without blame, with its rocket attacks upon Israel. These may be seen as one of the few avenues available to attempt to counter the humiliation of continuous occupation. Also, they are a pinprick compared with Israel’s exaggerated responses. Hamas may not be an ideal government, but it was elected democratically.

Because of all these serious matters, I hope that you will consider carefully before increasing collaboration with Israel and its financial interests.

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