Shucks! "Kevin Rudd's bid for a UN Security Council seat has been dealt a blow after a warning from the Arab League that it is less likely to succeed because of Australia's support for Israel. Hashem Youseff, chief of cabinet for Arab League secretary-general Amr Moussa, told The Australian Canberra kept 'bad company' at the UN, where it often opposes anti-Israel resolutions in alliance with the US, Canada and small Pacific island states. Australia's support for Israel, he said, was 'one of the elements that will be taken into consideration' by the 22-member Arab League in deciding whether to support Australia's bid for a seat on the UN Security Council for the 2013-14 term. Mr Youseff said the Arab nations would consider how different candidates affected their interests. 'For us, the Arab-Israeli issue is an important part of the consideration'. Canberra has invested huge political, diplomatic and financial resources in its bid for one of 10 non-permanent Security council seats." (Arabs to block UN push by Canberra, Greg Sheridan, 2/2/10)
(Greg (Jerusalem Prize) Sheridan, being G(JP)S, of course, couldn't resist tainting an otherwise factual news report with the following spin: "It was to avoid blackmail on policy issues like this that the Howard government abandoned its attempt to win a Security Council seat in 1996.")
In addition to the Rudd government's blind support for Israel in the UN General Assembly (with exceptions that could be counted on the fingers of one hand), the Arab League should keep in mind when it votes Australia's unique bipartisan parliamentary celebration of Israel's 60th anniversary; Australia's role in the boycott of the UN's World Conference on Racism (Durban II); Australia's backing for Israel's massacres in Gaza; Australia's no vote against the Goldstone report in the General Assembly; Australia's defence links with Israel, in particular the recent leasing of Israeli drones for use in Afghanistan; and Australia's high level (DPM Gillard) partying with Israeli war criminals, first in Jerusalem, then in Sydney.