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April 9, 2014 1:55 pm

Former Australian Foreign Minister Accuses Jewish Donors of Influencing UN Vote on Palestinian Authority Status

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Former Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr. Photo: WikiCommons.

Former Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr. Photo: WikiCommons.

In a new political autobiography, former Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr related the tensions that split the Cabinet in the 2012 United Nations vote to upgrade the Palestinian Authority to observer status, accusing Jewish campaign donors of pushing the government to follow Israel’s position against the move.

According to a review of ‘Bob Carr: Diary of a Foreign Minister’ in the UK Guardian, Carr “suggested that former Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s dogged insistence on supporting Israel in a controversial United Nations vote was because Australian foreign policy had been ‘subcontracted’ to Jewish donors.”

In October and November 2012, “Carr campaigned against Gillard’s insistence that Australia should support Israel and vote against Palestinian observer status in the United Nations,” The Guardian wrote, with the vote becoming “entwined in the leadership tensions that were reaching a crescendo at the time.”

Carr related a heated conversation with Kevin Rudd, who had previously been prime minister and would be re-elected in 2013, before resigning that year when Labour lost the next election.

“How much of this is about money, I asked him,” Carr wrote in his book. “He said about one-fifth of the money he had raised in the 2007 election campaign had come from the Jewish community.”

Carr said that “subcontracting our foreign policy to party donors is what this involves. Or appears to involve.”

He wrote that nine government ministers spoke against Gillard when the UN vote was discussed, and only two were in favor of her position.

The Guardian wrote, “But she remained unmoved and said it was a ‘prime minister’s call.’ She only changed her mind when she realized she was set to be overruled by the caucus – which would have ended her already tenuous hold on the leadership.”

In that UN vote, Australia abstained. Nine countries — Canada, Czech Republic, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Panama, Palau, and the United States — voted against, and 138 were in favor.

According to the UN report on the vote, “Australia’s representative said that its decision to abstain in the vote balanced its support for the right of the Palestinian people to have a State with its concern for the need for a negotiated two-State solution.  The resolution would confer the status of a non-Member Observer State on Palestine, not that of a Member State.  He was concerned the resolution might make a negotiated solution more difficult.  He urged both parties to return to negotiations, and said that it was important that neither side take actions now that would jeopardize that goal.”

According to The Guardian‘s review, most of the anecdotes showed Carr trying to distance himself from other government leaders. The book also went into obsessive detail about Carr’s diet, his inability to follow it because of so much time on airplanes and how taking business class was infuriating, when he had been accustomed to first-class berths.

About the book, itself, former Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer told Guardian Australia the project was “inappropriate”, “embarrassing” and “wrong,” while Carr responded that every U.S. secretary of state has written a memoir.

“When it was reported in November 2012 that Carr was keeping a diary of his time as foreign minister with the intent of publishing it – based on the accounts of numerous sources – Carr immediately issued a statement denying he was writing a book,” The Guardian wrote.

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  • Joseph Australia

    The Australian Labor party is so much like the Israel Labor party. Due to their incessant Islamic coddling for the migrants, their supporting the misplaced Pals have severely alienated Australians of all walks of life and thankfully not form government for a very very long time.

    The Left facilitated substantial illegal migration through rickety boats filled with pregnant women and children saying they were not economic migrants, just migrants who feared persecution. Australians forced the Left to accept that if they just feared persecution, then they would have no problems setting in another South Pacific Island.

    To stop the boats with pregnant women and kids, PM Abbot stated that Australia must not let the people smuggler make a profit on these pretend ‘desperate people’, and whenever there was a boat, he would either tow it back to Indonesia, or to the processing centers at Manus Island. If they deliberately came with a boat that could sink, the brilliant strategy was to transfer them onto a large Australian life saving motor boat, tow them to Indonesian waters, and leave them there with no chance of them harming themselves.

    A lot of these ‘persecuted’ refugees, did not want to stay in the south pacific Islands and left to go back, showing there were economic migrants all along. The best news is that for the last four months, there has not been another boat coming to Australia, and we are moving the Labor backlog of migrants to processing centers.

    Cambodia has just also agreed to accept these parasites which will be below their egos, but Abbot said that Cambodia would be ‘the safe place for them’ which is just what someone suffering from persecution.

    Europe where are you???

  • Luigi Rosolin

    Former PM Julia had not understood or understands Palestinian Islamic ideology. Not Bob Car for sure! The worse happened with Julia mandate: taxpayer money had been given to the Muslim Council by the government. That worse that many words. The good thing after she acted firmly against Islamic street protester that had only made Muslim’s, waits for another opportunity. Soon they control more Australian society they will start against the request and attach on Christian and Jews. The new government will need to act: to undermine the underground indoctrination and recruitment. Israel and Australia we will more at risk if action will be not take by the government.

  • Rob

    Unfortunately he is from the extreme left of politics and toes the standard anti-Semitic line, he also was the Premier of probably the most corrupt State Government in the last 50 years.
    It seems to be an easy cheap way of getting some sound grabs to promote his book, incidentally he said he would not write a book so that just goes to the character of the man.

  • E Pluribus Wombat

    Has he blamed MH370 on the Jews yet? He will, he will.

  • James Price

    If we are all cryogenically preserved for the next 10,000 years, we may yet see Australians acknowledge the fact that the “struggling Palestinian (Arab) People” were handed that state multiple times over the past 67 years and flushed it down the toilet each time. Their state was handed to them unconditionally in 1947 and several times since conditional only on the end to their obsessively seeking the extermination of Israel defined by ANY borders. The rear-end-kissing politics of the post-1973-Oil-Embargo world supports the ongoing murderous Arab rejectionism. Recycled OPEC petrodollars are the currency of corruption in the world today, not Jew money.