Rationality on the vexed question of Palestinian”rights” can not usually be found from the left.
In Australia an ALP senator, Joe Bullock, has some pretty wise words for the ALP and for anyone involved in progressing any form of settlement in the region. Murray McCully would do well to acquaint himself with some of these views.
As I said in [my maiden] speech, a lifetime of representing working people is not easily set aside, nor should it be.
Naturally I assumed the Labor Party, my party, would share this focus. I did not imagine that at its first national conference since the election of the present Liberal government a few obsessives within the ALP would choose to concentrate instead on the Middle East peace process.
Much less did I imagine that these cranks would seek to undermine the bipartisan commitment to a two-state solution with a reckless, poorly thought-out and frankly foolish motion urging the immediate recognition of a state of Palestine.
Yet here we are.
It is quite absurd for everyone to be running around deciding to recognise a “state” that doesn’t exist in reality, is split ideologically and whose leaders refuse to renounce terrorism.
It would appear to be stating the obvious to say that all sides in this discussion want to see a resolution of the conflict on the basis of “two states for two peoples”. And so, in this context, it is quite accurate to say that everyone, certainly within the ALP, supports a Palestinian state. However, sensible people recognise the vast gulf between wanting to see a Palestinian state established within a framework of secure borders, the renunciation of violence and terrorism, and a final peace settlement on the one hand and, on the other, demanding a Palestinian state be established at once without regard for these issues.
The advocates of immediate recognition have never answered five key questions about their position. Read more »