Wednesday, June 24, 2009
JULIA GILLARD'S TRIUMPH
It's rare that one can praise the Melbourne Age but its reporting of the accolades given by Israel to Julia Gillard on her arrival in that country has been exemplary. The front page article by Jason Koutsoukis - Israel to Gillard: thanks for standing by us is something of a rarity for this newspaper. It highlights the Australian government's commitment to eradicating terrorism while, at the same time seeking to further the cause of peace and reconciliation between the Israeli and Palestinian people who have for so long been the victims of terrorism and extremism in the region.
Australians will be reading this article and noting its concluding paragraph - that "tomorrow Ms Gillard is scheduled to meet Palestinian Authority President Salam Fayyad. She will also visit a refugee camp in the West Bank." They will note that the visit organised by Australian Jewish groups is not hiding Ms. Gillard from anything and has organised her meeting with a major Palestinian leader and a visit to a refugee camp. Hopefully, she will also visit the new Hirbawi Home Center, a new shopping mall opened outside of Jenin which is a sign of the economic progress and normality that can happen if the fighting ends as has occurred in areas under PA control rather the warfare existing in Gaza under the control of the Hamas thogocracy.
This should please all except those who wanted Ms. Gillard to cancel her visit and prevent her from observing what was happening in the region. The fring coffee house set preferred her to visit only Gaza where the Hamas thugs, as with their patrons in Tehran, are in firm control of the population and constantly seek to undermine prospects for peace.
Posted by Wilbur Post at 8:15 am