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February 5, 2015 12:32 pm

Jewish 100, 2014: Tony Abbott – Government

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Tony Abbott

Prime Minister of Australia

“The problem in the Middle East is that in the end so many people are not prepared to accept Israel’s right to exist.” With that statement, delivered to a local radio station at the height of the summer 2014 war in Gaza, Australia’s Liberal Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, uttered a truth that too many politicians in the west are unwilling or outright afraid to acknowledge. Elected in 2013, Abbott has continued the policy of previous administrations by strongly supporting Israel. In December 2014, Australia, in marked contrast to European governments, was the only country, along with the United States, to vote against the Palestinian statehood resolution at the UN Security Council. Such actions will not necessarily translate into electoral success – Muslim voters in Australia outnumber Jewish ones by five to one – but Abbott has made it clear that this is one issue on which principle won’t be sacrificed for expediency.

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  • Tony Abbott is about to be dumped as Australian Prime Minister for his persistent gaffes, culminating in his knighting of Prince Philip. This is a great pity for Australia: Mr Abbott is a leader of profound insights and a rare ability for cogent lateral thinking.

  • Julian Clovelley

    So says the article “Abbott has made it clear that this is one issue on which principle won’t be sacrificed for expediency.”

    Actually that kind of sacrifice is why Abbott is quite likely to be replaced as PM in Party leadership spill next week

    I don’t think any previous Australian PM has sacrificed so much principle for expediency and pragmatism.. He was made leader of his party by one vote using Denial of Climate Change Science as his main platform. His period in office has been one backflip after another as his policies and principles show themselves to be dysfunctional. Last years budget has yet to pass.

    Dreadful mess