My God, how does one keep up with the antics of these rejects?
No sooner had former Australian PM Julia Gillard finished kissing the ring at one Israeli university, than another former Australian PM, Tony Abbott (2013-15), was doing likewise at another Israeli university:
"Last night I was privileged to receive an honorary doctorate from Tel Aviv University. We may not be Israel's most important friend, but we should always strive to be one of its most reliable. Something that both sides of politics should always agree on. Congratulations to Julia Gillard for receiving a doctorate from Ben Gurion University too." - Abbott FB post, 19/5/17
Now just in case I need to remind you how reliable a friend of Israel Abbott was/is, here he is bowing and scraping at Sydney's Central Synagogue in March, 2012:
"In so many ways, [Israel] is a country so much like Australia, a liberal, pluralist democracy... A beacon of freedom and hope in a part of the world which has so little freedom and hope.'. [Abbott] added that Australians 'can hardly begin to comprehend the existential threat Israelis live under. 'It is so easy for us in Australia to get moral qualms, if you like, when we read about Israeli actions in - on the West Bank for instance - or Israeli involvement in Lebanon. And yet, we are not threatened in the way Israel was and is, and if we were threatened in the way Israel was and is, I am sure that we would take actions just as strong in our own defence. When Israel is fighting for its very life, well, as far as I'm concerned, Australians are Israelis. We are all Israelis in those circumstances'." (See my 18/3/12 post Abbott: We Are All Israelis.)