Just seven months ago, terrorist militants and Gazan civilians alike invaded Israel and executed the most sociopathic, brutal massacre and sadistic, sexual violence against Jews since the Holocaust. Yet this Friday, the chronically antisemitic UN General Assembly is set to once again debate the issue of Palestinian statehood.

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Australia, along with a quarter of all nations and including other Western democratic allies, recognises there is no such thing as the state of Palestine. Indeed, there has never been such a nation or ethnicity in all of human history, unlike the Jews who can trace their national history there in the Levant,  the same language and religion back over 3,500 years.

Alarmingly for the security of Israel, Australia has a long-held and public commitment to a two-state solution through a direct, negotiated and lasting peace settlement.

The burning question has long been – negotiated with whom? The only possible parties are Islamist terrorists who nurture a pathogical, inculcated hatred of Jews, Israel and the West, and have for decades sworn to never recognise or negotiate or make peace with Israel. Supporting such a state next to Israel is to support the creation of an existential threat to the State of Israel.

Membership of the UN General Assembly as a recognised nation state requires the support of 2/3 of member states, preceded by a recommendation for admission from the UN Security Council – over which the US has consistently and recently exercised its veto power.

Former Political Advisor to the Australian Mission at the UN General Assembly, and long-serving member of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, Andrew Wallace MP, boldly called on the Federal Government to reject the proposal.

Mr Wallace soberly insisted that a vote for Palestinian statehood now would be seen as a reward for the grievous atrocities perpetrated on and since October 7 including mass murder, torture, rape and sexual violence, and the taking of around 250 hostages, 139 of whom  still remain in captivity.

Mr Wallace, who serves as the Deputy Chair of the Joint Standing Committee’s Defence Subcommittee cited that a principled and pragmatic policy would see Australia stand shoulder-to-shoulder with its most important allies. In a media release yesterday he said:

Foreign policy isn’t about feel-good sentiments, photo opps, or keeping everyone happy. Global leadership demands strength, conviction, and the courage to fight for Australia’s interests, even if that means fighting alone.

 

For two years, Anthony Albanese and Penny Wong have travelled the world, spruiking mixed messages on issues central to Australia’s national security, sovereignty and standing in the world: from China, Russia and Iran to the crucial US-Australia alliance.

 

Anything less than a vote against Palestinian statehood is an affront to the Jewish people and our allies, including the people of Israel.

 

Even in a purely practical sense, there’s no gain for the Australian people in supporting the vote. Why would the Federal Government choose to act against our closest allies when the proposition is dead in the water?

 

The United States has already exercised its veto power at the UN Security Council to reject Palestinian statehood, just last month.

 

From the battlefields of Beersheba to the boardrooms of Brisbane, Australia’s deep and enduring relationship with the people of Israel has captured the very essence of mateship, innovation and resolve. We cannot abandon Israel now.

 

It’s time for the PM and the Foreign Minister to show some guts, or get out of the way. Australia can’t afford any more broken promises or backflips from this reckless, witless, and gutless Labor Government.

Andrew Wallace MP currently serves as the Deputy Chair of Parliament’s powerful intelligence and security committee, visited Israel in 2023 in the aftermath of the October 7 massacre. He is also the Chair of the Australia-Israel Allies Caucus, which is part of a global alliance of parliamentarians dedicated to combatting antisemitism, promoting interfaith dialogue, and supporting positive trade and relations with the State of Israel.

The world and this nation particularly needs more statesman with such convictions and courage in them. Always vote for the person, not the party.

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