David Macilwain (VIC) responds to Koutsoukis’ “Netanyahu speech ‘an obstacle to peace’ 26May11 May 27, 2011

The Age: “Netanyahu speech ‘an obstacle to peace” by Jason Koutsoukis, 26 May 2011

The Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas at last represents all his people with his simple observation on Israel’s new plans for the future of Palestinians – it is ‘a declaration of war’.  The truth of this will soon be born out as the whole Arab world closes behind the Palestinians and their symbolic soul of the Islamic world, Jerusalem.  Arab media refer to Jerusalem as ‘Al Quds al matala’ – the occupied holy city, and the refusal of Netanyahu to relinquish Israel’s exclusive claim to it, endorsed by an ecstatic US congress, is a turning point.

The ambiguity in Barack Obama’s speeches on the rights of all people to democracy and freedom is now quite clear – their rights depend on them being the right people, which means being acceptable to America’s remaining unshakeable allies in the region – Israel and Saudi Arabia. If the people choose an unacceptable direction, as the Palestinians chose Hamas, they will have no choice other than to fight for their rights and freedoms.

And so I would ask now – does Australia support UN resolutions 242 and 194 which endorse the fundamental rights of Palestinians, or does it support Israel and the US congress’ declaration of disdain for international law?

I would also ask of ordinary Australians – would they now support the peaceful Boycott campaign against this defiant racism taking root in Israel?

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