Arabs Raise the Bar for KRudd’s Â UN Security Council Allures
This is gonna cost us. Dearly. Not only in money terms. In this article, Hesham Youssef,* an “influential Arab ambassador”, Â blackmails Australia to dump Israel, or else…
The Age/thanks to Dhumme Dimmie
PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd’s ambition to win a United Nations Security Council seat for Australia could turn on its attitude to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, an influential Arab diplomat has warned.
Hesham Youssef, chief adviser to the 22-nation League of Arab States, said Australia’s stance would be scrutinised closely by Arab countries ahead of the UN vote, due in 2012.
But he said any lingering anger in the Middle East over the Howard government’s support for the 2003 invasion of Iraq was unlikely to hurt Australia’s campaign.
”Those who actively supported the direction of going to war were not appreciated in our part of the world … but I think this point is behind us now,” Mr Youssef told The Age in Melbourne yesterday.
”It would be more dependent on the position taken by Australia in the Arab-Israeli conflict more than any other issue.”
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The Arab League forms a crucial bloc of votes that Australia hopes will support its bid to win one of two temporary spots on the Security Council for 2013-14. Finland and Luxembourg are also vying for a seat.
UN resolutions on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict are regularly among the most controversial.
Australia risked angering the Arab world last year by siding with Israel, the United States and 16 other nations to vote against a report into alleged war crimes during the 2009 Gaza conflict. A total of 114 countries backed the report, while 44 abstained.
But the Rudd government also upset some in Israel by earlier switching Australia’s stance to support UN resolutions broadly demanding Israel give Palestinians fair treatment.
Mr Youssef said it was still too early to say whether the Arab League countries would back Australia’s bid.
Arab teases KRudd Â with Carrot & Stick:
Mr Youssef is meeting officials and business leaders in Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney this week as a guest of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He said the Arab League countries and Australia could greatly expand economic and cultural links.