Is Bob Carr seriously telling us that prior to a certain conversation with Kevin Rudd he had absolutely no idea that Australia's Palestine/Israel policy was up for sale to the highest bidder?
"Former foreign minister Bob Carr has suggested [in his forthcoming book, Bob Carr: Diary of a Foreign Minister] Julia Gillard's dogged insistence on supporting Israel in a controversial United Nations vote was because Australian foreign policy had been 'subcontracted' to Jewish donors... 'How much of this is about money, I asked [Rudd],' Carr writes. 'He said about one-fifth of the money he had raised in the 2007 election campaign had come from the Jewish community.' Carr concludes that 'subcontracting our foreign policy to party donors is what this involves'." (Bob Carr diaries: foreign policy was subcontracted to Jewish donors, Lenore Taylor, theguardian.com, 9/4/14)
Is it seriously possible that this bookish Americanophile has never read Mearsheimer & Walt's seminal work on modern US politics, The Israel Lobby & US Foreign Policy?
What sort of amateur is this guy?