Tough questions for Landau

August 26, 2011 by Michelle Coleman
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Israeli Member of Knesset Uzi Landau was in Melbourne yesterday to address the community and answer questions on the issues and challenges that Israel is currently facing.

Uzi Landau

Uzi Landau is the Minister for National Infrastructure  and belongs to the Yisrael Beiteinu Party, spoke at a community briefing  co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV), Zionist Council of Victoria (ZCV), Zionist Federation of Australia (ZFA), Caulfield Hebrew Congregation and Friends of Likud.

Mr Landau began his address by telling the audience of the incredible advances Israel has made in the areas of water conservation, water treatment and desalination, and emphasised that despite Israel suffering a drought for the past six years, the population is able to make use of considerably more fresh water today than it did in 1948.

“This is not just the story of water, this is the story of Zionism,” said Mr Landau.

The Minister took a number of questions from the floor dealing with issues such as the Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) campaign, the impending United Nations vote on Palestinian Statehood, the continued incarceration of Jonathan Pollard, and conflict with Lebanon over gas resources in the Mediterranean Sea.

JCCV President John Searle, ZCV President Sam Tatarka and ZFA President Philip Chester said: “What an all too infrequent honour it is to have an Israeli minister here, and a wonderful opportunity to hear firsthand some of the latest issues that Israel is facing”.

More than 100 people attended the event at Caulfield Hebrew Congregation.

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2 Responses to “Tough questions for Landau”
  1. Otto Waldmann says:

    Neil

    Each one of your beloved arabs willig to reside in ancestral Jewish Israel would do it with the intention to eliminate ( G-d Forbid ) each Jew living “democraticaly” a la Neil in today’s Israel. If you are not simply aware of it you are wasting everybody’s time attempting to pose “legitimate” questions; if you are aware of it, the same would apply.

  2. Neil says:

    Did anyone ask him:
    What would be the demographics of Israel be today if the Massive Arab population movement that took place in 1948/49 hadn’t taken place.

    Some statistics.

    – There are 6.2 million Jews in Israel today
    – There are 1.5 million Arabs in Israel today
    – There are 4.9 million Arabs registered as refugees with the UN

    Doing a quick analysis. There would be approximately even numbers of Jews and Arabs in Israel today.

    Some would call that a Bi-National state today.

    Therefore, what is Israel going to do to address the 4.9 million refugee issue that was created in 1948/49 and then again in the Golan in 1967?

    That would be an interesting question to have put to him.

    Best Wishes

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