First, to make clear my own views– I believe both Israel, Arabs, and Palestinians all have played roles in creating the current mess in the Middle East. No group gain stand aside and claim others are at fault over failure to achieve peace in the Middle East. Australia, historically, has been a staunch supporter of Israel, but decided to abstain at last week’s resolution which called upon Israel and Hamas to investigate claims in the Goldstone Report about war crimes on both sides during the Gaza invasion. Australia made clear it supports the Goldstone Report and abstained because of lack of mention of Goldstone in the resolution.
The United Kingdom also has been a firm supporter of Israel, but is now furious at the Dubai murder in which Israel agents used passports from several nations to carry out the assassination. The Israel government increasingly comes across as arrogant and unable to see problems through any other lens than that of its current government. Israelis have dug a deep bunker and retreated inside in order to block out the world. Sorry, the world is growing tired of a government that will not NOW make efforts at peace.