"A Palestinian minister has accused an Australian-led political delegation of asking rude questions during a meeting in the West Bank. The Australian industry minister Christopher Pyne, the former parliamentary speaker, Bronwyn Bishop, and Human Rights Commissioner, Tim Wilson, were among Australian and British delegates to attend the meeting in Ramallah on Sunday.
"The Palestinian education minister, Sabri Saidam, told the ABC the meeting was 'very explosive and very challenging.' He said the group had asked 'rude and blunt' questions and Pyne had raised 'a list of complaints.' The group visited Israel as part of the Australia-Israel-United Kingdom Leadership Dialogue. Saidam suggested the delegation had 'wrong impressions accumulated after the visit to Israel.' 'The delegation had false information and twisted facts,' he told the ABC. 'It was clear the delegation was not well educated.'" (Australian delegation asked 'rude' questions during 'explosive' West Bank meeting, Daniel Hurst, theguardian.com, 16/12/15)
Frankly, I blame the Palestinian Authority here.
As in, what did they expect?
Face it, what are we dealing with here?
A mob of obnoxious and revolting Australian politicians who think the sun shines out of Israel's arse, on an Israeli-sponsored freebie to Israel, primed with Israeli talking points, stuffed with Israeli tucker, and only in Ramallah so that they can claim they 'talked to both sides.'
Saidam said the group had asked "rude and blunt questions."
Well, hello? You are dealing with Poodles Pyne, Chopper Bishop and Freedom Boy here.
He said Pyne "had a list of complaints."
Well, hello? Autographed by Benjamin Netanyahu himself.
He said, the delegation had "wrong impressions accumulated after the visit to Israel," and "false information and twisted facts."
Well, hello? Only after their visit to Israel? They've been reading the Murdoch press, like, for centuries, mate!
He said, "It was clear the delegation was not well educated."
Well, hello? What did Poodles Pyne have in his back pocket? Senor & Singer's Start-Up Nation.*
I mean, if you're going to let this lot into your office, you deserve what you get, right?
End of story.
[*"Despite another year of political upheaval, it is encouraging that many of our politicians still found time to reach for a book... Releasing his 'inner revolutionary', Industry Minister Christopher Pyne devoured Start-Up Nation by Dan Senor and Saul Singer..." (The next pages in the lives of our pollies: What our representatives will be reading over the Christmas break, Troy Bramston, The Australian, 14/12/15) On this vile little propaganda tome, see my 23/4/10 post Creative Destruction.]