Tuesday, August 17, 2010

(NEWS) Parties Wrestle Over ‘Pro-Israel’ Label In Australian Campaign

"As the two major parties in Australia's federal election vie for the title of Israel's most ardent backer, most Jewish leaders believe that Australia’s longstanding, strong bilateral support for the Jewish state will not be jeopardized regardless of the outcome.

Along with support for Israel, Australia’s 110,000-strong Jewish community will consider perennial election issues such as the economy, refugees and Aboriginal affairs in Saturday's race pitting Prime Minister Julia Gillard of the Labor Party against Tony Abbott of the Liberal Party.

Since voting is mandatory in Australia, Sabbath-observing Jews will be using early polling booths to cast their ballots this week."

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