(AustraliaMatters) Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser joins the recent revelations of the former Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr in addressing the role of Israeli influence in the foreign policy of Australia.
Fraser is a former leader of Australia’s Liberal Party who was the 22nd Prime Minister of Australia. He came to power in 1975 and led his country until 1983.
In a radio interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) of Melbourne, while promoting his new book, “Dangerous Allies,” Fraser pulled no punches in describing how Israel had betrayed America with the attack on the USS Liberty, and the influcece that the Australian Jewish Lobby has in Australia.
Speaking to hosts Jon Faine and Professor Damien Kingsbury of Deakin University, on the May 9, 2014 The Conversation Hour show, Fraser was asked about Australia’s “allies” and “enemies” and what had caused Australia to become involved in wars such as Iraq—and what might cause Australia to enter a “fourth war” (in Syria).
It was while this topic was being discussed, that Fraser took the brave step of standing up in public and naming the Jewish Lobby as an important factor in determining Australian foreign policy.
“Israel years ago, during one of the wars, killed 30 or 40 Americans on a spy ship in the Western Mediterranean,” [international waters] Fraser told Faine.
“The Americans tried to cover it up. It wasn’t a mistake. It was deliberate.”
When asked on what he based the claim, Fraser said: “Information I have. I am not going to tell you the source.”
Asked by Faine if he agreed that “the pro-Israel and in particular Jewish community lobby in Australia wielded too much power”, Fraser responded, “They certainly do.”
When Faine suggested other religious, ethnic and communal groups, like the Italian community, also lobbied the government, Fraser said, “I don’t think the Italian community, just to take one example, try to get us to follow any particular policies in relation to Italy. And that’s the difference.
“The Jewish community seek to get Australia to support policies as defined by Israel.”
His comments were naturally enough met with cries of denial, as Fraser wouldn’t name his source. The same people wanting Fraser to tell all, usually scold whistle blowers like Edward Snowden and Julian Assange.
Welcome to the “conspiracy theorist” club, Mr Fraser.