• The Visit to Israel by Victorian State Labor MPs

    At a function celebrating the return of 9 Victorian ALP State Parliamentarians from a recent study mission to Israel, Deputy Labor Leader, Hon James Merlino MLA, said that he understood and believed that “Israel is a triumph of the human spirit.” Merlino talked about the mission as confronting, beautiful, sobering and fascinating. He said a highlight was a 45 minute meeting with Israeli President, and past Labor Prime Minister, Shimon Peres. Another highlight with powerful impact on the visitors was a visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, and the Group’s participation in the Israel Yom Hashoa Service –  the official Israeli Public Commemoration of the Holocaust.

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    James also said that an important message he received from Israeli politicians and entrepreneurs was to look at Israel not just through the prism of security, but through the eyes of it’s people. The Group toured Ben Gurion University in the south and the Haifa Technion world-class technology hub in the north.

    The Group also toured the Palestinian Authority in Bethlehem, and met senior Palestinians within the Authority. Merlino’s impressions and assessments were sobering.

    While difficult to see a way forward, Merlino remained positive for the prospects of peace, especially after meeting with Peres.

    Overall the Group felt the Mission was a trip of a lifetime, and they will remain form friends of Israel.

    AILD Team

  • Israel at 65

    Israel celebrates it’s 65th Anniversary today. In the space of a remarkably small amount of time, Israel has experienced many significant challenges. We recall  that it was the Israel labor Party that provided the country with it’s founding fathers and mothers; David Ben Gurion, Golda Meir, Itzchak Rabin, and Shimon Peres just to name a few. Labor saw the building of a new Israel as an egalitarian society, founded on the principles of equal opportunity for all, and devoted to building the land through it’s agricultural arm – the Kibbutz movement. It absorbed hundreds of thousands of refugees from many different lands, and provided them with jobs, health cover and insurance  through it’s industrial arm – the Histadrut.

    After the famous military victory of 1967, it was the then Labor Government that offered to withdraw from the West Bank of the Jordan River in return for peace with the surrounding Arab Nations. Peace is still elusive, and we hope that this 65th Anniversary signals a new opportunity for peace for both Israelis and Palestinians

  • AILD Launched

    The Australia Israel Labour Dialogue has officially launched. Our purpose is to promote and foster dialogue between our 2 democracies and 2 great parties. We share many things in common and look forward to deepening the relationship in the years to come.

    To kick off, come and join us at the Victorian Parliament on 17th April 2013 to welcome back 10 ALP MLAs who recently toured Israel.