UN vote on Israel-Hamas war

Australia Betrays Israel at the United Nations

14 May 2024

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On the eve of the 76th anniversary of the proclamation of the state of Israel on 14 May 1948, Australia has betrayed the only democracy in the Middle East at the recent United Nations vote on Palestine.

On Israel’s Day of Independence or National Day, it will be asking if it has any allies in the world. Prime Minister Netanyahu has said he will go it alone if he has to so that more October 7s, promised by Hamas, will not occur and Israel can survive as a nation as it faces the existential threat from Iran and its proxies.

Egypt hails Australia's recognition of Palestine.

Egypt hails Australia’s recognition of Palestine.

Australia was the first country to vote in favour of the 1947 UN partition resolution, which led to the creation of Israel as a nation-state. Australia was the first country to recognise Israel, doing so in May 1949, and Dr Evatt of Australia presided over the vote that admitted Israel to the UN.

Arabs were given the opportunity to form their own state in the 1947 partition resolution, so Palestine could have been created then, but they rejected it, as they have every peace plan since.


Now our record is tarnished by Foreign Minister Penny Wong, supported by Prime Minister Albanese to recognise Palestine as a state at the UN. This is rewarding the terrorism, barbarism, murder, rape, torture and mutilation of children, women, and the elderly on October 7. It is rewarding hostage-taking, which is a war crime, as is the killing of civilians on October 7.

This is not surprising since Wong is the poster girl for Hamas and did not visit the areas where the slaughter occurred on October 7 when she visited Israel. Also, Albanese has been a supporter of Palestine since his university days.

The current Labor government has broken with years of bipartisan policy in Australia regarding Israel, put our relationship with Israel at risk and made Australia unsafe for Jewish people who have been good citizens.

The Australian government has failed to deal with the rising tide of antisemitism in Australia and allowed hate speech to prevail on our streets and in our universities.


pro-Israel rally

Norman listening to families of those murdered and kidnapped on October 7 at Parliament House pro-Israel rally, 28 November 2023.

Palestine does not meet the preconditions of statehood, e.g. it does not meet the obligations of the UN Charter, is not a peaceful state, does not have internationally recognised borders, and it wants the same capital as Israel – Jerusalem. There needs to be a negotiated settlement with Israel, not a unilateral declaration.

The real problem is that Palestinians do not want a two-state solution. They want a one-state solution – all of Israel from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea, plus the territories they currently live in, and they will use terrorism to get it.

They are willing to turn their people into martyrs, using them as human shields, also a war crime, to win the propaganda war against Israel, falsely accusing it of genocide when they are the ones committing genocide. Nations are failing to call Hamas to account.


Republished with thanks to Indigenous Friends of Israel. Image courtesy of Niklas Jeromin.

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  1. Gail Petherick 14 May 2024 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    Thank you Barabara. It is a national shame that this has occurred. May Australia turn around and see that we must stand with Israel and allow her democratic rights.
    We know Israel was chosen by God and given Gods promises – but so few know the Biblical truth or the historical background you have outlined so clearly. So few seem to want to admit what happened Oct 7 and the youth have lost sight of the truth of the Hamas true agenda in wanting to wipe our Israel and to continue to rape and torture the hostages.
    May God protect Israel as she stands often alone- but she is still under Gods divine protection, thankfully.

  2. Joshua M 14 May 2024 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    Thanks for alerting us and opening the conversation Norman and Barbara.

    I think I somewhat agree with you that you have to qualify support for Palestine to make it clear you support free, civil, peaceful, just and policed societies, otherwise you are just a supporter of one side in a conflict and an enemy of peace.

    It does go the other way as well, and I am for a two state solution, which requires Palestinian territories to come to the bargaining table and give up many of their ideals. Equally Israel has to be willing to give up its own ambitions and make clear they are not trying to set up an expanding apartheid state.

    But it is very hard to act civilly with a terrorist run state – to be civil to the civilians and to wage war with the leaders simultaneously is a pipe dream.

    I do however fundamentally disagree with Australia “allowing hate speech”. Hate speech is a made up weapon against free speech by authoritarians and elites. And while the Australian government can’t make an argument for free speech while trying to attack free speech in other countries, we must defeat hateful ideology with intelligent rhetoric in the public sphere – not great sweeping authoritarian powers.

    Readers of Daily Declaration should know the dangers of giving any more voice to elites and bureaucrats than to the common Man.

  3. Trina Watson 14 May 2024 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    Thankyou Norman and Barbara. It begs the question, “Is Australia in the position where God will stay His hand of protection over us?” God declared in Genesis 12:2,3 concerning Israel, “I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt.” NLT

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