While in general agreement with Professor Hal Wootten QC's opinion piece in yesterday's Canberra Times, Lessons that Tony Abbott failed, the following paragraph calls for correction:
"Right on the doorstep of Islamic State, a fanatical Jewish minority has hijacked Israeli policy towards Palestine on the basis of ancient texts claiming a gift of land from God thousands of years ago. The resulting intensive Jewish settlement of the West Bank has probably made impossible the obvious two-state solution to the difficulties created when the Christian West exported its Jewish problem to Arab land."
Political Zionist fanaticism didn't begin with the post-1967 colonisation of the Occupied Palestinian Territories. It has been with us since the very beginnings of the political Zionist movement in the late 19th century. Political Zionism was always a fanatical creed, and the unholy Zionist trinity of Herzl (1860-1904), Weizmann (1874-1952) and Ben Gurion (1886-1973) who drove it were all fanatics for whom Palestinian Arabs were nothing but obstacles on the path to an exclusively Jewish State.
The post-67 Israeli settlers are simply the heirs of the pre-67 Zionist kibbutzniks who drove 85% of Palestine's indigenous Arab majority out of 78% of Palestine in 1948, stole their homes and lands, and refused their return.
As for "hijacking Israeli policy towards Palestine," the invaders and occupiers of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip were all pre-67 kibbutzniks, and every Israeli government, Labor or Likud, has facilitated the rise and rise of the post-67 settler movement in the OPTs.
Nor did "Christian" Britain, which opened post-Ottoman Palestine up to political Zionist colons after 1917, "export its Jewish problem." Britain didn't have a Jewish problem to export. It did, however, create a Palestine problem which is still with us today. Its crime was to aid and abet the Zionist fanatic Chaim Weizmann in imposing Jewish colons on a vulnerable and unwilling Palestinian Arab population. As we know, it usually takes two to tango.