A look back at the Australian-Israeli relationship | SBS News
Unlike with other countries, Australia has had few high-level military exchanges with Israel, and neither country sends officers to study at the. Australia will forge a closer defence and intelligence relationship with Israel at a time of growing concern about Irans expanding influence in the. Under Gough Whitlam, the relationship between Australia and Israel representatives and was increasingly critical of Israeli military action.
The Suez Campaign of brought an otherwise lukewarm Robert Menzies closer to Israel, as it became clear that Great Britain and Israel — with France — were collaborating to prevent the Egyptians from nationalising the Suez Canal. As Australian Jewish leader Isi Leibler wrote at the time: Bob Hawke, prime minister fromshowed affectionate support for Israel during his days as a trade union leader.
Following his election as prime minister, Australia was a consistent friend, albeit a friend with questions. However, under Hawke, Australia also permitted Australian diplomats to establish ties with PLO representatives and was increasingly critical of Israeli military action, including in the First Intifada.
Another watershed era in the history of Israel-Australia ties began with the election of John Howard in Under Howard, Australia and Israel moved closer than ever. Trade, business and intelligence cooperation between Australia and Israel also expanded markedly under Howard. While in many respects, ties have continued to blossom across a number of fields, there have been some trials to navigate during the past 10 years.
This momentous event was witnessed by Jewish community leaders and Israeli diplomats. Following close behind were supporting forces, from the 11th Light Horse Regiment and from the 5th and 7th Mounted Brigades. Facing sustained enemy fire, but moving fast, the mounted infantry rode under the Turkish guns and quickly fell upon enemy lines jumping the trenches, dismounting their horses, and then entering the trenches on foot, clearing them with both rifle and bayonet.
Other parts of the force rode on, heading directly for the town. Though outnumbered, the momentum and audacity of the surprise attack carried them through Turkish defences. Some Turkish and German soldiers were taken prisoner. Most importantly, the precious wells were secured.
Not since the days of Abraham had the water in the old wells of the patriarchs been such welcome relief. It was the success and desperation of the Charge, late in the day and by mounted infantry, not cavalry, that earned it an immortal place in Australian history.
The Turkish stronghold of Gaza fell one week later. Allied troops then went on to capture Jerusalem and Jericho, Damascus and Aleppo. But the heaviest Allied losses were suffered by the British infantry. New Zealand also suffered for its heroic efforts in taking Tel el Saba. Brave Turkish and German troops died that day as well, defending their lines, and in large numbers. In the cemetery around us, Commonwealth soldiers are buried, some of whom fought in this very battle we are commemorating.
We come here today to pay our respects to those men of all countries and nations who fought in this deadly theatre of the First World War.
We recognise that these men, who were ready to sacrifice their life in service of their country, exemplified values of the highest order: Values that we continue to hold dear and cherish. Today, we honour their memory.Indonesia and Australia restore full military ties
Australian Ambassador Dave Sharma's Op-Ed in Maariv, July 19 As we pass the first anniversary of the outbreak of last summer's war with Gaza, people are quite properly remembering the suffering and pain that this war caused, in both Israel and Gaza. Some of these scars are visible. Others, equally as painful, are hidden from the eye. These are not the actions of a friend. For Australian Jews, the incident was particularly stinging. Mossad was alleged to have tampered with the passports of four Australian Jews — Jews who had made the ultimate commitment to Israel by making aliyah.
The incident came within a decade of another perceived betrayal: A botched investigation and a delayed compensation process followed.
Australian Jews were left distressed. Many stopped giving money to Israel while others refused ever to return. Only after sustained protests and the threat of lawsuits did state authorities intervene and bring those responsible to account.
For some the damage was already done; a wound would fester forever. Informer foreign minister Bob Carr made public his concern about the influence of pro-Israel lobbyists on Australian policy towards Israel and the Occupied Territories.
Carr announced his decision to become a patron of the Labor Friends of Palestine.
This was a stunning reversal from a leading Labor politician, one who was formerly regarded as a friend of Israel. These are two modern, developed and advanced economies; part of a globalised world with a free flow of information, ideas and products. The Jerusalem-born cooking writer and chef, Yotam Ollenghivisits Australia where his cookbooks enjoy popular success. Packets of Kosher Tim Tams sit prominently in supermarkets across Israel.