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Relocating Israel in Australia: crazy or not?

By Brian Holden - posted Thursday, 20 November 2008

I seem to remember R.G. Menzies suggesting that Israel establish itself in Australia (presumably as another state) during the “populate or perish” panic.

Where would we have fitted Israel in?

The Kimberley is a region of high rainfall, but impoverished soil that needs intense management to be productive. If the Jews had settled there in 1948 with their communal system of Kibbutz, the area would have been transformed.


Menzies’ suggestion went nowhere. The hurdle which would have been too high to jump in 1948 would have been the Jews’ bond with Jerusalem. Instead, they went on to turn an area of semi-arid land in the Middle East - which was only one third the size of Tasmania - into one of the most sophisticated and influential of nations.

We Australians have had big ideas for the Kimberley, and about 30 years ago created Lake Argyle on the Ord River. We failed to see that the pioneer spirit requires more than just water. Now, a volume of water nine times that of Sydney Harbour just sits there.

There are schemes being implemented for its utilisation, but they are piddling to what the Jews - probably the most enterprising people in the world - could have come up with.

The cost to the West of the Jews’ bond with Jerusalem

The idea of relocating Israel to the Kimberley is not so crazy if the cost to the Western world of the relocation is a lot less than the cost to the Western world of Israel staying where it is.

Many displacements successfully push the displaced people into the background. In selecting Palestine, the Jews picked the wrong people to displace. These were not black bushmen with no influence in the world. These people belonged to a huge religion which has become unified in its dislike for the Jewish people.

From the notes they left behind, it appears that a powerful driving force behind the Muslim suicide attack on the US was that country’s relentless support for the establishment of Israel in Palestine. George W. Bush, described the attackers of 9-11 as evil-doers, and he said that they attacked because they hated the American people’s love of freedom.


One wonders how many in the US administration, the US House of Representatives and the US Senate saw Israel as the reason those desperate men did the dastardly deed. How many ordinary Americans cringed when they heard their President’s puerile explanation? As we follow US policy as if we have no minds of our own, we also support the Jewish occupation, and their confining to areas of squalor the original residents who objected.

The cost of homeland security to the West in only seven years since the attacks runs into billions of dollars; it will eventually be measured in trillions of dollars. If this is a war, then our enemy is using the most effective methods of conducting war in history.

Intense homeland security now makes it extremely difficult for Muslim terrorists to strike at the West. So our “enemy” has become largely hypothetical. But we do not know how hypothetical the terrorist threat to us will remain. For as long as we keep supporting Israel, Muslim fundamentalists will stop at nothing. For example, Pakistani nuclear weapons could go “missing” and then be detonated in shipping containers in Western ports - leaving the victim nation no identifiable target to strike back at.

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Brian Holden has been retired since 1988. He advises that if you can keep physically and mentally active, retirement can be the best time of your life.

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