Palestine is still the issue…

Australia votes with US to keep Israel’s barrier:

Australia’s ambassador to the UN, John Dauth, told the General Assembly that Australia did not support the court’s intervention – and therefore not the new resolution – because “we remain of the view that it unfairly isolated a single issue in a complex conflict; that it served no purpose, given the nature and content of resolutions already passed; that it would politicise the court; and that it would distract the parties – as is happening – from the urgent need to resume negotiations in order to resolve the tragic and long-running Israeli-Palestinian dispute”.

The fact that the wall is illegal, and is a major affront to the Palestinian people and therefore undermines the “urgent need to resume negotiations in order to resolve the tragic and long-running Israeli-Palestinian dispute” has nothing to do with it? Ridiculous. Glad to see the Howard government is still cowtowing to US pressure to follow the “party line”.

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This continues a long history of US opposition to finding peace in the middle east. The words come out of their mouths, but the actions scream louder and louder as time moves on. There is no simple solution to this conflict, but the unending US support for Israel’s provocation and flaunting of international laws and blocking of UN Security Council resolutions is a major contributing factor, regardless of the politician’s rhetoric.