Beattie blasts ALP’s ‘Stalinist’ approach to Israel

Former Queensland premier Peter Beattie says the Labor Party risks becoming politically irrelevant over its “Stalinist” approach to Israel, which he argues has ­become an obsession. Mr Beattie described a proposed ban on politicians travelling to Israel on trips funded by Jewish organisations as an “extreme view” that would not help achieve a two-state solution,…

Israel’s friends in WA, Qld Labor

WESTERN Australia Labor will consider a motion condemning the wave of stabbing attacks against Israeli civilians and Palestinian Authority incitement next week. And in a further sign that the extreme anti-Israel leanings of figures such as former foreign minister Bob Carr and Freemantle MP Melissa Parke are the exception rather than the norm, the inaugural…

UK Labour’s Catastrophic Israel Stance

The UK Jewish Community has had an historically out-sized influence on many aspects of British life. Their influence has been felt in Philanthropy, Science, Medicine, the Arts, Economic life, Social Welfare and Politics. The experience of this community of around 260,000 people mirrors the experiences of many other Western Jewish communities, and nonetheless in voting…

Israel’s Labor Party Sends Letter Of Thanks

On the 20th of April 2015, Secretary General MK Hilik Bar and Chairperson of Israel’s Labor Party MK Isaac Herzog sent the following letter the the members of the AILD delegation during the election. You can download  and see the letter in full by clicking Thank You to Australian Delegation

AILD BACKGROUNDER: The 2015 Israel Election

It certainly surprised many in Israel and the global commentariat that current Israeli Prime Minister and leader of the right-wing Likud party, Bibi Netenyahu, won the recent Israeli Election, and with the 6-seat margin over the Labor-dominated Opposition Zionist Camp unity group. The significance of the win resonates strongly within a number of overlapping circles…

Peter Baldwin Letter ‘The Gaza conflict 2014′

Peter Baldwin was the ALP member for the House of Representatives seat of Sydney between 1983 and 1998. Following a dinner hosted by the Blackheath Philosophy Forum on 26 July 2014, the chair Peter Baldwin and speaker Peter Slezak disagreed about the recent conflict between Hamas and Israel. Peter Baldwin’s take on it can be…

Condemnation Of Israel Prevents Peace

The international response to Israel’s defensive actions against terrorism is disturbingly familiar, and it is galvanizing the Israeli public against making further compromises to their security for the sake of peace. Each iteration of this experience feels like déjà vu all over again, driving yet another nail into the coffin of Israeli/Palestinian peace as global…

Message from the Leader of the Oppostion

I have stood at the crest of Sderot, I have looked across the border – out to Beit Hanoun and the cities in Gaza beyond it – and I have witnessed failure. It’s sad. There are 1.8 million men, women and children in Gaza. They have a right to prosperity and peace. Their leaders, in…