Netanyahu: the first visit to these important countries

February 19, 2017 by J-Wire Staff
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told the cabinet his visit to Singapore and Australia will the first by an Israeli prime minister “to these countries”.

Benjamin Netanyahu at Yad Vashem Photo: Amos Ben-Gershom

He told the Cabinet in Jerusalem: “After the Cabinet meeting I am leaving on an important visit to Singapore and Australia. I think that this is the first visit by a[n Israeli] prime minister to these important countries. We will strengthen security, economic and other ties with these countries.

In Australia I will, together with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, hold a meeting with businesspeople from both countries in order to increase trade between Israel and Australia. What we are doing to strengthen Israel’s standing in the world – and this was apparent during my visit in Washington, as it was during my previous visits to the Islamic world and now to Australia and other major powers in Asia, and it is clear that there is also an economic aspect here – is to open new markets. This is one of the things that contribute to strengthening Israel’s economy.”

Netanyahu will be accompanied by an important trade delegation from Israel.

Meanwhile a  statement was organised by the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network.

The statement was signed by 60 prominent Australians expresses opposition to the visit of the Israeli Prime Minister this week because of his Government’s policies towards the Palestinians.

The statement is signed by 

  • senior legal professionals – including former Solicitor General Gavan Griffith QC, and former Federal Court judge Murray Rutledge Wilcox
  • former parliamentarians – including Jon Stanhope, former ACT Chief Minister, and former ALP Minister The Hon Alan Griffin
  • senior clergy – including Bishop George Browning and former Uniting Church President Rev Gregor Henderson 
  • Artists – including actor Miriam Margolyes, writer and commentator Dr Randa Abdel-Fattah, and filmmaker Christina Wilcox
  • Academics – including Emeritus Professor Stuart Rees  and Associate Professor Peter Slezak, and many others

“Netanyahu’s Government is being investigated for war crimes by the International Criminal Court, been reprimanded by the UN Security Council, and Netanyahu personally is likely to be indicted for fraud charges” said Bishop George Browning, President of the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network and signatory.  “He deserves a red card, not a red carpet”.

The statement was released ahead of planned protests by activists  in Melbourne, at the Israeli Embassy in Canberra on Monday and in Sydney  as well as prayer vigils in Melbourne and Canberra. 

APAN reports that a separate petition, “Jewish Australians say no to Netanyahu”, has also gained over 500 signatories. 


7 Responses to “Netanyahu: the first visit to these important countries”
  1. Adrian Jackson says:

    In Sydney today his visit was shown in a small box in one corner of the ABC TV screen when the main screen was showing Julie Bishop’s media briefing in Washington DC.

  2. Hilary Rubinstein says:

    Most of the so-called prominent people are prominent for anti-Israel sentiments and activity. Let’s keep a sense of perspective. The same can be said regarding the “Jewish Australians”.

  3. Rodger Bodle says:

    Hopefully the Israeli delegation will have Water Engineers among them to explain how Israel makes water, thereby saving millions of dollars and man hours fighting droughts and forest fires. Also since they will be in this part of the world perhaps a visit to New Zealand would be in order as well, as with Australia and NZ water is also a very serious issue. Thank you.

  4. Sol Salbe says:

    Mmm, I suppose Yitzhak Rabin’s visit to Singapore doesn’t count.

  5. Roy Sims says:

    Let us give the man a courteous Australian welcome.
    He, and his countrymen and women are standing in a huge gap protecting the world, including Australia, from the worst excesses of Islam. They are “copping it sweet” whilst the rest of the world criticizes them.
    I read today, that Mr. Shorten will chastise him for building homes for Israelis where he doesn’t think they should be built. Pity Mr Shorten wasn’t a bit more concerned to fix Australia’s budget mess he and his party created for us whilst in power. Our present government is wrestling with the problem whilst Mr Shorten puts blocks in their way, then lectures a foreign Prime Minister on how he should run his own country. It’s more than a bit rich. It is hypocritically ludicrous.

  6. Rabbi Pinchos Woolstone says:

    Peoole want to protest, thats there right.
    It is to be expected that those on the left and the PC warrior crowd will kick up dust.
    The visit will be a great success strengthening even further the bonds between the Jewish State and Australia.

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