To borrow the words of Mike Carlton's tweet (18/12/16), "Oh FFS. If you wanted an example of the utterly barren, impotent irrelevance of Australian politics, here it is:"
"Federal MPs from both sides of parliament have come together to visit Israel and Palestine. Trade Minister Steve Ciobo has led the Australian delegation to the Australia Israel UK Leadership Dialogue... With him are former prime minister Tony Abbott, Victorian Liberal MP Tim Smith, Federal Labor leader Bill Shorten, accompanied by his wife Chloe, and Opposition defence spokesman Richard Marles. The group enjoyed a jog around Jerusalem." (The running group you wouldn't expect to see: MPs come together in Jerusalem, news.com.au, 18/12/16)
Palestine came in the form of Palestinian PM Rami Hamdallah, but all these clowns could find to talk about was... Daesh:
"Mr Shorten said he was encouraged by the Palestinian's comment that Daesh members were 'terrorists using religion as a pretext for crime'." (Bill Shorten & Tony Abbott unite in Middle East, news.com.au, 19/12/16)
(Of course, the US-backed Jewish State in the Levant (JSIL) has not, is not and will never use RELIGION as a pretext for CRIMES.)
Then Shorten added: "What it showed me was there was not a homogeneity, there is not one Islam."
What a revelation! So Short-on-brains has had to travel to the other side of the world (at taxpayers' expense) to learn from one of Israel's humble servants in its West Bank bantustan that there are as many shades of Islam as there are of Christianity?
(Of course, quite what this obsessional focus on religion has to do with the bleeding reality of Israeli boots on Palestinian backs and necks is anyone's guess.)
But back to homogeneity. How's this for good old LibLab homogeneity: "Mr Abbott said of the engagement: 'It was at its most interesting, as Bill said, talking about Daesh."
Which he followed with: "I think he was probably at his most evasive when talking about the real prospects for a genuine accommodation between the Palestinians and the Israelis."
Real prospects for a genuine accommodation... ? Crazed Bible-bashing Israeli Daesh (from New York!) are marauding throughout the West Bank, torching Palestinian homes and orchards, and this knuckle-dragging, North Shore bonehead, whose homework on the subject consists of reading Daniel Silva thrillers, is banging on about the real prospects for a genuine accommodation between the Palestinians and the Israelis???!!!
Abbott continued: "Nevertheless he certainly appeared on the basis of today's discussion to be thoughtful and reasonable. I guess the challenge is, it's one thing to be thoughtful and reasonable in a public discussion in English, another thing to be thoughtful and reasonable in a public discussion in Arabic. I think that's always been the difficulty."
What more can I say? Here's the White Man telling us that the Indians speak with a forked tongue. Seriously.