Outed as a puppet

Sam Dastyari has just resigned as an Aussie senator. He's been outed as a puppet for Chinese donors.

Meanwhile, Donald J. Trump's connection to Russia are being unpacked. Every day brings a worse headline.

But what about Israeli influence in our democracy?

When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, victims in need of government aid had to sign a paper verifying "that the Applicant: (1) does not boycott Israel; and (2) will not boycott Israel during the term of this Agreement."

When I interned at the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, I was tasked with flagging the rising stars of NSW Young Labor, NSW Young Liberals. We caught the leaders of tomorrow when they were still naive and impressionable. If they supported the military occupation of Palestine we 'gifted' them a free Israel holiday.

Big Israeli bucks are buying our leaders support. If they are secretly critical of Israel, they are enticed by these trips to keep their mouths shut. The trip is organized by the Israel lobby, coordinated with the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and then has the chutzpah to claim itself as fair and balanced.

Instead of bribery, it is branded as 'educating our leaders about the facts on the ground.'

The lobby has us in their palms. How is it that Sam Dastyari resigns but Michael Danby -- a puppet for foreign interests if there ever was one -- stays after having called in sick during a sitting week of parliament so he could attend Tel Aviv conference on 'global jihad'.

Israeli influence in our democracy keeps the lid shut on the war crimes. Israel is choosing our foreign policy for us.

Aussies deserve leaders who are loyal, honest, and principles and our big politicians are none of the above. The system is broke and in need of a radical fix.

The most unfortunate part of politics is that whoever we vote for, a politician still gets in.

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