Tony Abbott this morning supported Israel’s right to self-defence and repeated calls for an immediate ceasefire “because plainly too many people are dying”.
“We support Israel’s right to exist, we support Israel’s right to self-defence, we support the Palestinians’ right to a state of their own, but that’s got to go hand-in-hand with the recognition of Israel’s right to exist behind secure borders,” the Prime Minister told Melbourne radio 3AW.
Hamas has fired over 2,000 rockets into Israel without direct provocation and ignored the Egyptian sponsored cease fire (Israel abided by it for at least a day, while the rockets rained down). What exactly is Hamas trying to achieve?
The most rational explanation I can find for Hamas’s renewal of hostilities is that it’s trying to shore up its support in Gaza. The Syrian civil war and the Egyptian coup have deprived the paramilitaries of, respectively, their chief sponsor and their most immediate sympathiser. Isolated and bankrupt, unable even to pay the salaries of their 40,000 government employees, Hamas leaders seem to have decided to stake everything on a military campaign. Possibly, like Galtieri’s junta in 1982, they feel they have little to lose. At best, a new ceasefire might result in concessions, such as prisoner releases or – the big prize – a reopening of Gaza’s borders. At worst, the conflict should rally people to their regime.
I think if there is one thing that has become clear over the 70 year conflict it is: who ever leads the Palestinian people does not care for the welfare of the Palestinian people.
Hamas does not build air raid shelters, fires rockets at Israel from highly vulnerable civilian locations and has no intention of ever making peace with Israel. Despite Israel vacating the Gaza strip in 2005 and offering to share Jerusalem as a co-capital with the Palestinians, amongst a range of concessions the Israelis have been willing to make. Is that really consistent with a leadership that cares about its own people.
Abbott is standing up to the USA, so why is the left-wing media so opposed to it?
Ottawa (AFP) – Canada and Australia’s conservative prime ministers said Monday economic concerns trump climate action, with Ottawa’s Stephen Harper insisting any nation claiming otherwise is lying.
Both leaders have faced increased criticism over their climate policies after US President Barack Obama last week unveiled the first major regulations to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions in the United States.
Australia has joined the EU and the USA in sanctioning 11 Russians for the invasion of the Crimea. If that is the best Australia can come up with then Putin will essentially have free reign over Eastern Europe. There is no one that will stop him.
We are starting to get a taste of a post-USA world.