On the 29th November 2012 the Member for Casey, Tony Smith, speaking in the House of Representatives, showed that he has a pretty good idea of what Israel is up against; a better idea, certainly, than our current Foreign Minister and many others in office not only in Australia but throughout the Western world and beyond it. He hasn't quite understood everything, but he's a lot further along the road than most.
As reproduced by Hansard.
'In so many ways the conflict between Israel and Hamas terrorists is a struggle between the enlightened values of a modern democracy and the benighted values of mediaeval (he should have said, 'Muslim' - CM) theocracy;
'a struggle between Jerusalem, where women serve as supreme court justices, and Gaza, where a woman's sworn testimony is worth half that of a man's;
'a struggle between a society in which liberty of conscience is protected and a society in which freedom of speech is rejected.
'At its essence it is a struggle between civilisation and barbarism.
Not just 'barbarism'. Muslim barbarism, which is in a class of its own. And he could have added: between Eros and Thanatos; between a society and religion that affirms life and a society and religion - or cult - that, obscenely, worships death and if it had the means to do so would cheerfully butcher non-Muslims by the truckload. - CM
'These are harsh words, but it is time for some straight talk, time to assess the cold, hard facts in the cold, hard light of day.
'These facts reveal that Hamas is an armed and dangerous terrorist movement with mass murder on its mind.
'It not only seeks the destruction of Israel as a political entity, but also craves the extermination of every Jewish man, woman and child. You do not need to take my word for it. Article 7 of the Hamas Covenant declares:
"..the Islamic Resistance Movement aspires to realize the promise of Allah, no matter how long it takes. The Prophet, Allah's prayer and peace be upon him, says: "The hour of judgement shall not come until the Muslims fight the Jews...when the Jews hide behind trees and stones, and each tree and stone will say, 'Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him..".
I think that may be the first time that any Australian politician has actually quoted, on the floor of the House of Representatives of the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia, that blood-curdling passage from the Sahih Hadith of Al-Bukhari, as cited in the Hamas Covenant. I do not know how many of our MPs were present while Mr Smith, MP, was speaking; but at least those that were can no longer claim that they do not know this passage exists. I would be very curious to know whether our three Jewish federal MPs were present; or another MP, Mike Kelly, who has a Jewish wife and two sons who according to Halakha would count as Jews. And I would also dearly like to know whether our much-ballyhooed 'first Muslim MP', Ed Husic, was there to hear Mr Smith quoting from the Bukhdari Hadith as cited approvingly by Hamas. - CM
'In other words, the official doctrine of Hamas preaches that the coming of the Mahdi, the Islamic redeemer, will be ushered in by divinely inspired genocidal slaughter of the Jews.
And that, Mr Smith, is telling it like it is. - CM
'The movement is not very fond of gays, either. Hamas foreign minister Mahmoud Zahar calls homosexuals 'a minority of perverts and the mentally and morally sick'.
'Nor has the Arab Christian community of Gaza fared too well under Hamas' rule. There has not been a Christmas tree in the central square of Gaza City since Hamas seized total power in 2007. A few years ago the Palestinian Christian manager of a Gaza Bible Society Bookstore was shot dead after being accused of evangelising on behalf of his faith.
This man, the brave Rami Ayyad, was killed as punishment for defying the sharia of Islam, which says that a dhimmi - a non-Muslim living as a subordinate to Muslims, in a Muslim-dominated society - must not try to convert Muslims to his faith. - CM
'I note in passing that the invitation to this year's government staff Christmas party features a caricature of Tony Abbott (the current leader of the Opposition - CM) as a green-faced grinch; but the real Grinch who stole Christmas is alive and well in Gaza, packing an AK-47 and wearing a green Hamas headband.
'The contempt shown by Hamas for the most fundamental principles of liberty should come as no surprise. After all, no one should be surprised that theocrats (most especially the Muslim variety - CM) do not turn out to be democrats.
'But what is astounding is the aid and comfort offered to hardline Islamic extremists (that is, 'thoroughly orthodox Muslims waging Jihad' - CM) by hard-line Australian leftists.
'This past weekend a few hundred protesters assembled in Sydney to denounce Israel for having the temerity to defend itself from incessant Hamas rocket fire.
Like I said, Mr Smith has almost got it. What he should have said here: "to denounce Israel for having the temerity to defend itself against genocidal Jihad" - CM.
'The Greens were there, Marxists were there and so were some jihadi sympathizers.
'It was bizarre to see advocates of same-sex marriage parading shoulder to shoulder with advocates of a global caliphate who think that homosexuals should swing at the end of a rope.
'But as the TV footage showed, there were banners of the Greens and Socialist Alternative flag flying alongside the Hezbollah flag.
'Speaking from the podium was the most fanatical opponent of Israel in this parliament, Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon.
'While speaking on the Middle East, I would be remiss if I did not mention this government's disgraceful reversal of policy at the United Nations. Foreign Minister Carr describes Australia's decision to abstain from the General Assembly vote on the elevation of Palestine's status as 'a good compromise'.
'But it was no compromise. It was a cave-in. It was a cave-in by a beleaguered Prime Minister prepared to sacrifice anything, including support for Israel, on the altar of her own political survival.
'We all want to see a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but this will only be possible when those pledged to Israel's destruction finally see the error of their ways.
And that's where we need Mary Jackson's red pen...
What he might have said, if he were brave enough:
'So long as the world's Muslims remain Muslim, and therefore committed to the sixth pillar of their faith, Jihad fi sabil allah, there will be no peace in the Middle East nor anywhere else, and the dream of a "two-state solution" will be nothing but a snare and a delusion.' - CM
'The upgrade of Palestine's status at the UN will set back the prospects of peace. It will embolden Palestinians to think they can get their way without any need to...[Time expired]."
That was a pretty good speech, Mr Smith, MP. It certainly looks as though you have been doing your homework. If you persevere, you may even manage to wake up some of your parliamentary colleagues. And then not only Israel but Australia will be a great deal safer. - CM