Two sides of the coin

June 3, 2020 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Australia’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne received a letter last month from the New Israel Fund Australia requesting government support to block Israel’s planned extension to annex parts of Judea and Samaria…and now the Australian Jewish Association has sent the minister a letter of its own.

AJA President Dr David Adler

“We felt compelled to respond,” said AJA President Dr David Adler “so we wrote our own letter to Minister Payne pointing out the “arrogant presumption” inherent to the NIFA’s action.

The conservative AJA wrote: “It is noxiously presumptuous to lecture the Israeli Government on national security policy from the safety and comfort of the NIFA’s Sydney offices. Given that NIFA members will be well beyond the line of fire if their policy prescriptions turn out to be wrong, their pontification from afar is stomach-curdlingly arrogant.”

“The NIFA has sets itself in direct opposition to the new Israeli unity government that includes centre-left elements such as the Blue & White and Labor parties,” observed Dr Adler. “This is emblematic of the NIFA’s radical fringe- dweller status in the Australian Jewish community, a point we noted in the AJA’s letter to Minister Payne:

“Cognisant of the fringe-minority status of its parent organisation within Israel itself and its own fringe status here, the Australian branch of the NIF seeks to manipulate the Morrison Government to exert leverage on its behalf.

Noting previous instances where Australian Governments rebuffed foreign attempts to interfere in domestic Australian political decision-making, the AJA encouraged Foreign Minister Payne “to rebuff this outrageous attempt by the NIFA to interfere in the internal policy deliberations of a friendly fellow democracy.”

AJA executive director Ted Lapkin is a co-signatory of the letter.

A letter to Marise Payne from the NIFa

A letter to Marise Payne from the AJA

 

 

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3 Responses to “Two sides of the coin”
  1. Oscar Shub says:

    I read with surprise the tone and destructive wording of your letter to Minister Payne it made me wonder whether you and by association your deputy should examine where the “presumptive arrogance” lies. If I were a member of the Board of the NIF, I would be calling for a published apology for the manner and comments you have made about the NIF.

    I am pleased to say that we live in a free and democratic country and as Australians we are entitled to ask our government to express views and approach other countries and their elected governments on matters of international significance and international law, just as you are entitled to write in reasonable terms to ask our government not to interfere in this matter. I am sure that you, like most Australians were very pleased when Prime Minister Morrison called on Cjina to allow for an independent international investigation to be conducted in China, into the cause and handling of the Coronavirus.

    In any event by your own admission, the annexation of Judea and Samaria is “Biblical Right, God given” and as such has very little if anything to do with Israel’s security. On the contrary, a unilateral annexation of land currently in Palestinian territory is far more likely to threaten Israel’s security and that of its people.

    • Lioudmila Levina says:

      It is not an annexation so called palestinian land, it is a reunification of lands given to Jewish People by San Remo conference in 1920, confirmed by League of Nation in 1922 and incorporated in the United Nation chapter. And can you kindly list all the international law that Israel breaking.

  2. David Steinberger says:

    Contrary to what is falsely and dishonestly stating NIFA is an anti-democratic organisation which acts against the Israeli majority helping enemies who are continuously trying to destroy Israel. The Arabs have expanded to have 22 countries (no one of them is democratic) and we have only one which they are trying to destroy too.
    NIFA is active in propaganda based on false information (that are defending democracy it is a false statement at the base) prepared as a web of lies built and operated by parasite Jews who raise funds (for themselves) – these are reasons to be known and considered as they are.

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