Why is our government biased?

We all think we act fairly and rationally and view the world through both eyes and we certainly expect our government to do the same.

On one subject though, our government has consistently demonstrated bias over the last few years.

Initially we supported Israel in its founding in 1947 but Rob Berg, President of the Zionist Federation of New Zealand, says New Zealand’s relationship with Israel has deteriorated to the point where he wonders if we would do the same in 2018.

He blames bias and we can add ignorance to the faults of the current government.

Israelis stand by a house damaged by a missile fired from Gaza Strip, in a kibbutz near the Israel and Gaza border, early in August.

This government’s bias is also fuelled by the left’s support of Palestinian refugees. Berg says, quote:

Over the last decade or so there has been a noticeable increase in bias of the New Zealand government against Israel.

This despite New Zealand voting in favour of the 1947 UN Partition Plan. Whilst the slide in government opinion can arguably be traced back to the Clark government, it reached its peak on the world stage under the Bill English Government when spearheaded by then Foreign Minister Murray McCully’s desire to be the lap dog of Senator John Kerry and assist in the personal vendetta of President Barack Obama against Benjamin Netanyahu.

This led to New Zealand co-sponsoring the one-sided anti-Israel UN Security Council Resolution 2334 in December 2016.” End of quote.

New Zealand support of that hideous resolution can be blamed on the last government but this one is no better as it displays a dismal lack of understanding of the Arab/Israeli conflict too. A recent increase in violence at the Gaza border which Hamas described as a ‘peaceful protest’ got this one-sided and ignorant response from our leader. Quote.

“Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern expressed unease that no Israeli Jews had also been killed when she said during an interview on national TV that she was concerned by the “devastating one-sided loss of life“. end of quote.

Anyone who does even a smidgeon of reading realises that Hamas consistently puts Palestinian refugees at the forefront of its war on Israel and, as Berg points out.  Quote.

Anyone who takes a serious look at the recent Gaza border incidents would easily see that Hamas intended to use its population on the border to send in its militia and “tear out their hearts from their bodies”. ‘”Their” being Israeli Jews.

There was nothing peaceful or even hidden in Hamas’ intent. Out of the number of Palestinian casualties during this period, Hamas and Islamic Jihad even admitted that 85 per cent were their own operatives. The percentage could potentially be more.” End of quote.

Our prime minister is the only one responsible for making herself look very silly on the international stage.

Goodness knows what our allies think since we parted company with them on this issue. We are certainly becoming the impoverished cousin in intelligence as well as money. Quote.

New Zealand is also out of step with almost all of its major Western allies, and even more astonishingly now the UN. Over recent days and weeks, Israel has faced a barrage of rockets into its border towns near the Gaza border.
In more recent days, Beer Sheva has also been targeted. Over August 8-9, more than 180 missiles were fired into Israel, causing injury and destruction to property, with families being given 15 seconds to get into bomb shelters, day and night, when the sirens go off.

Yet despite condemnation coming from countries and organisations such as the UN, the EU, the US, European countries, and Canada, we hear absolutely nothing from our Government. Why is it that New Zealand is so out of step with other Western democratic countries when it comes to Israel?” End of quote.

Because of ignorant political bias.

 


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