Nod to Palestine an ignorant and regressive idea

BY GREG SHERIDAN

The Australian
July 13, 2017

The NSW Labor Party, under the shameful influence of its once great right-wing faction, is about to pass a resolution on the Middle East that is a disgrace in principle, is semi-publicly but earnestly opposed by Bill Shorten, Tanya Plibersek, Richard Marles and Penny Wong, and will be an embarrassment to the Labor Party.

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Time to put up or shut up

BY LUKE WALLADGE

The Daily Telegraph
July 7, 2017

Former NSW Premier Bob Carr’s been at it again, this time out and about in NSW Labor dealing with the pressing issues in western Sydney. You know, the subject on every punter’s lips, the major vote-winning concerns around the kitchen tables of working families from Double Bay to Lithgow.

The recognition of Palestinian statehood. Of course.

And as a supporter of the State of Israel, I for one am with him.

Yes, I support Bob Carr’s push for NSW Labor to recognise Palestinian statehood at its conference later this month. Leave aside the facts that New South Wales has not, as far as I am aware, got a foreign policy, or a Foreign Minister, or embassies in the great capitals of the Middle East or a vote at the United Nations. These are but technicalities in our grand plan, Bob and I, to bring peace to Jerusalem from Lakemba and Vaucluse. No, really. And I’ll tell you why.

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Labor to cast Israel adrift after 40 years

BY SIMON BENSON
National Political Editor, Sydney

The Australian
July 3, 2017

Labor will formally abandon ­almost 40 years of explicit ideological support for Israel with a resolution expected to be passed at this month’s NSW state conference, a move that would ultim­ately bind Bill Shorten to an unconditional recognition of a Palestinian state should he ­become prime minister.

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ALP’s Palestinian push to end Israel bipartisanship

EDITORIAL

The Australian
July 4, 2017

Recognition of a clearly non-existent Palestinian state is one of the great global obsessions of our times. But Bill Shorten will be doing neither himself nor the Labor Party any favours if he allows himself to be steamrolled into going along with moves within the NSW branch of the ALP to dump 40 years of common sense on Israel and commit a future Labor government to unconditional recognition of a Palestinian state. There is a warning for him in the mess British Labour has been in over Palestinian statehood and the highly damaging perceptions of anti-Semitism and hostility to Israel fed by Jeremy Corbyn’s “friendship” with Hamas and Hezbollah terrorists.

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Labor’s Palestinian shift wrong and bad politics, too

BY GREG SHERIDAN

The Australian
July 4, 2017

Those in the Labor Party with a sensible view of the Middle East have not yet accepted that a proposed NSW resolution — demanding a federal Labor government immediately recognise a Palestinian state — will be translated into a similar, binding resolution at a federal ALP conference next year.

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