Labor support for a Palestine state – now WA joins in

July 19, 2017 by J-Wire Staff
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Joining NSW and SA, WA Labour has indicated it will push for the recognition of a Palestinian state at its State conference.

Senator Glenn Sterle

The West Australian newspaper reports: “Senior figures inside the Left of WA Labor confirmed an intention to move a motion at next month’s conference — saying they had taken heart from a push by former Labor foreign minister Bob Carr to put pressure on Israel to restart peace talks by formally recognising Palestine. Should numbers in the majority Left hold, the motion would likely be carried by the WA party.”

WA Labor senator Glenn Sterle has described the move  as is being ridiculous.

He told The West Australian “We should be talking about jobs and the economy and stuff voters care about.”

The Jewish Community Council of WA rejects the misguided proposal for the WA Labor Party Conference to recommend the unilateral recognition of a non-existent “Palestinian state”.   Such recognition will only prolong the conflict and would be contrary to the interests of all people in the region, above all the Arabs.

The cause of conflict in the region has been Arab rejection of peaceful coexistence with Jewish immigrants to the region and refusal to share the land, since the Peel Commission of 1935 through to the most recent generous Israeli offers of statehood in 2000, 2001 and 2008. This century of Arab intransigence is apparently motivated by a persistent Arab refusal of Israel’s right to exist, and an recalcitrant attempt to destroy the re-established Jewish state by insisting on a “right of return” for the uniquely-defined “Palestinian refugees”, which includes their millions of descendants, to Israel.

The Arabs of the region don’t have the basic elements of statehood. Hamas brutally seized power in 2005 in Gaza, and holds it by violence. It is globally recognized as a terrorist entity with an open objective of genocide.

In Judea and Samaria, Abbas rules the Palestinian Authority in the 12th year of his 4-year term. While he feigns statesmanship, he leads a regime with the same genocidal objectives as that of Hamas. In a pursuit of international legitimacy, the PA promotes recognition of their non-existent “state” from as many governments and bodies as possible, to avoid having to reconcile themselves to living peacefully with a neighbouring Jewish state. Meanwhile it also continues to incite and encourage terrorism by awarding generous lifetime pensions to terrorists and their families (on a sliding scale – the more Jews they kill, the higher the pension), and by naming streets, facilities and even children’s soccer tournaments after terrorists.

Supporting unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state just rewards and encourages these destructive Arab tactics. All people of good will should be urging them to reconcile in good faith with Israel, and to genuinely accept Israel’s right to exist – which is the only way they can achieve peace – not rewarding them for doing the opposite.


3 Responses to “Labor support for a Palestine state – now WA joins in”
  1. Erica Edelman says:

    I wrote to the editor of the West Australian newspaper this morning.
    Here’s what I said …

    “Will Palestine recognize Israel when and if Australia
    Recognizes Palestinian statehood?
    As I see it THAT is the real roadblock to peace
    Between Israel and her Arab neighbors !”

    Let’s see if they print it. The West has an aversion to
    Printing any truthhood when it comes to Israel.

    • Adrian Jackson says:

      Israel is already recognized by most nations of the world since it was established with the supported of the UN in the late 1940’s.

      However the fragmented borders were unworkable back then as they are today.

      This issue is about the ALP passing a motion at their federal conference and then when in federal government after the next election, which is likely, Australia will recognize Palestine.

      ALP federal conference decisions are binding on the parliamentary party.

      It will be interesting to see what my MHR for Melbourne Ports does if the ALP vote to recognize Palestine.

      • Erica Edelman says:

        My guess your MHR for Ports will “cross the floor”
        As it were ! At least he should !

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