Two White Sisters in Asia - Israel and Australia

Category: World Affairs Topics: Australia, Occupation Views: 4903

"Israel has not fully acknowledged the value of working together with Australia in Asia. It's a way for us to cooperate with and enhance our position in countries neighboring Australia."

Naftali Tamir
Israeli ambassador to Australia

In a recent interview published in Haaretz, Naftali Tamir, the Israeli ambassador to Australia, articulates a perennial need for 'white' collaborators that has defined the Zionist project since its inception. 

He speaks bluntly of an Israeli partnership with Australia, founded on racial solidarity, to "enhance" Israeli influence over East Asia. Only perhaps in the nineteenth century could a Western diplomat have spoken so plainly about race as the basis of a political alliance. Infinitely better armed against their Arab victims, the Israelis have no need for caution. They can dispense with diplomacy, with political correctness. 

The Israeli ambassador feels no compunction in speaking the language of racial stereotypes. "Israel and Australia are like sisters in Asia," he says. "We are in Asia without the characteristics of Asians. We don't have yellow skin and slanted eyes. Asia is basically the yellow race. Australia and Israel are not - we are basically the white race. We are on the western side of Asia and they are on the southeastern side."

The Israeli ambassador's plan is ambitious. With Israel dominating the western flanks of Asia and Australia anchored off the east of Asia, it appears that these two white sisters have all of Asia cornered. The plan is malicious too. It expects to appeal to, and deepen, Australian anxieties about the growing power of people with "yellow skin and slanted eyes." If necessary, the ambassador can also remind the Australians how they got to be in Asia: like the Israelis, they too had the power to steal other peoples' land.

There is little that is surprising in any of this. The appeals to white racism, the claims of racial or civilizational solidarity with the West, have been the foundations of Zionist success since movement first proclaimed its colonial aims in 1895. Israel has succeeded by taking advantage of, and by constantly arousing and deepening, Western racism especially as it relates to Arabs and Muslims. 

Israel has succeeded by encouraging the darkest instincts of the West. The leading Western powers had vital interests in the Middle East, especially with the discovery of oil in the early twentieth century. By dovetailing their own colonial project with Western imperialism, the Zionists imposed a more deadly imperialism on the region. In the words of Sir Ronald Storrs, the British governor of Jerusalem, Israel would be "'a little loyal Jewish Ulster' in a sea of potentially hostile Arabism." As it turned out, the "Jewish Ulster" has been neither "little" nor "loyal." 

In the early decades after its creation, Israel had few friends in Africa and Asia. Israel sought to break through this isolation by forging close ties with other colonial-settler states - South Africa and Rhodesia - and right-wing military dictatorships in Latin America and Africa. It supplied arms, intelligence, and military training to these countries. Israel's relations with South Africa were the closest. It helped the apartheid state to develop nuclear weapons in the 1970s. Israel also helped South Africa evade the mandatory arms embargo imposed by the UN Security Council in 1977.

Israel also encouraged the colonial powers to create new white settler states in Africa when they faced nationalist resistance in their colonies. In 1960, when the Algerian resistance against the French occupation of their country was at its peak, David Ben Gurion urged the French President Charles de Gaulle to carve out a white settler state in coastal Algeria after expelling all indigenous Algerians. Luckily, both for the Algerians and France, de Gaulle ignored Israel's self-serving advice. 

Israel understands too well that alliances based on interests alone are risky. Interests are a fickle thing. In order to protect itself against shifting interests, the Zionists have sought to create and deepen new emotional ties with Western audiences. Since the early twentieth century it has given encouragement to a new-fangled theology in the United States that looks upon the creation of Israel as a necessary prelude to the Second Coming. These Zionist Christians now constitute Israel's faithful foot soldiers in the Republican Party.

In more recent decades, Israel has presented itself increasingly as the West's secular crusader state. It wraps itself in Western values. It ceaselessly reminds Western audiences that it is the 'only democracy' in the Middle East. Many Westerners are willing to excuse Israeli excesses against Palestinians as a small price for preserving a Western 'democracy.' More likely, many more see Israel as the last white outpost in the world of colored peoples, valiantly holding back the hordes of brown, fanatical Muslims. As these perceptions have taken root - with daily proddings from an Israel-friendly media - defending Israel has become a vital Western interest.

With unrivalled Western dominance in the 1990s, Israel began to break through its isolation in the Third World. Most of the non-Muslim countries in Sub-Saharan African were persuaded to recognize Israel. In 1991, the US brought pressure on the UN General Assembly to revoke its resolution of 1975 which equated Zionism with racism. Unofficially, most Arab countries ended their boycott of corporations that do business with Israel. Egypt, Jordan and Mauritania recognized Israel. A few Gulf Arab countries established informal relations with Israel. 

More recently, however, the winds have been blowing in a new direction. The US invasion of Iraq, so strongly pushed by Israel and its allies inside the United States, has produced a few unforeseen consequences. Islamist Iran now openly contests both the US and Israel in the Middle East. The US- and Israel-friendly Arab regimes appear to be running out of time. In the summer of 2006, Israel eroded its deterrence power in a war it could not win against the Hizbullah. In Latin America, the United States is unable to roll back the new shift towards the left driven by the growing assertiveness of indigenous Americans. The region is not as friendly to Israel as it had once been under right-wing dictators. In several European countries too, the changing Muslim demographics do not bode well for unconditioned European support for Israel.

Perhaps, it is this changing global scenario that is causing some Israelis to emphasize their root constituency: white solidarity. Is this why Ambassador Naftali Tamir is advising Israel to forge a deeper partnership with Australia? It is possible that deep down, some Australians too feel beleaguered among a 'sea of Asians,' even though no Asian country threatens Australia. Perhaps, the Ambassador speaks as an insider. Perhaps, that is why he thinks it might be a good idea to exploit these Australian fears. It would be good policy, he argues, for Israel to "cooperate" with Australia - her "white sister" off the eastern edge of Asia - to "enhance" its "position in countries neighboring Australia." Is this a signal to Australia that with Israeli support it should start casting its gaze -- beyond small fries like East Timor - to Malaysia and Indonesia?

M. Shahid Alam is professor of economics at a university in Boston, and author of Challenging the New Orientalism: Dissenting Essays on America's 'War Against Islam'. 

He may be reached at [email protected].
M. Shahid Alam

  Category: World Affairs
  Topics: Australia, Occupation
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O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female and made you into nations and tribes that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise each other). Verily the most honored of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things).


Will Australia then bite?

Well, with the pieces of info flying around
Asia especially with Muslims, there is that possibility that it will, but we hope not. Australia is not an insecure & selfish country like Israel...



that's very funny "white jew" :). we need time machine to visit the brown egyptians of pharaoh and get them to hear about the white jew(the supposed descendents of their slaves!!!) he he he...
with the time this zionist conspiracy of land of meeting is going to be uncovered to the whole world. bunch of eastern Europeans who were crashed by the Russian Empire, were rescue by satan to build a new form of Imperialism, using jewdaism this time instead of christianity.
I wonder when the world will accept to listen to the True jewish people and stop the zionist's propaganda...!!!??? I put for the readers some links to help compare between the called jew orthodox (the only closest version to jewdaism as it came with Moses (peace be on him) ) and this venom zionism inspired by the protocols of Zion .
by the way, this Orthodox jew were always screaming loud to the world about their problems with this zionists. unfortunatly, the world unable to listen to them. I leave you with this beautiful words from G. Neuburger:
Where the Torah tells about the creation of the first human being, the most prominent Jewish commentator, Rashi, explains that the earth from which Adam was formed was not taken from one spot but from various parts of the globe. Thus human dignity does not depend on the place of one's birth nor is it limited to one region.

for Each messenger from the middleeast, satan realized to create a fake picture about the message and the messenger in Europe, later recycle it thru Imperialism to the whole world.

May Allah help us all. we value Allah's words more after we see satan missguiding, most of humans, with myths and fake thoughts.

A well written article about the latest Isreali paranoia. Suddenly, Israel is considerd White, Hitler Had comittedd his murderous acts on the basis that the jews were not blue eyed blonde whites. funnily enough,History is repeating itself, only this time the victims are the people of Palestine, who not only lose thier lives continously,to the so called "victims of Holocoust" but lose thier homes and country to the blood thritsty zionists in the hearland of of Asia.

The writer's hateful statement that Israeli ambassador saying, "...We are in Asia without the characteristics of Asians. We don't have yellow skin and slanted eyes. Asia is basically the yellow race. Australia and Israel are not - we are basically the white race..." sounds to me an out right lie. Why doesn't he quote the reference if there is one? Should one believe that Israeli ambassador is so stupid!

I think the author is so biassed that makes him burning with hatred for anything that is Jewish. It is so absurd and so distasteful.