Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Monday 1 December 2014

A South African Christian Journalist Talks Up Israel Down Under

As I mentioned in my previous blog, a number of anti-Israel demonstrations took place in Britain
over the weekend.  In Australia, too, the Israel-haters have been out in force, marking especially 29 November, designated as the "International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People".

29 November was the date in 1947 when the United Nations voted to accept the Palestine Partition Plan by which there would be two states created between the River Jordan and the Mediterranean, one Jewish and the other Arab.  The Jews, of course, accepted the plan, and thereafter achieved their state, but the Arabs rejected it, dooming the people nowadays rebranded "Palestinians" to a pawn-like status that serves the ends of Israel's recalcitrant Arab enemies.

Here are scenes of a demo  in Sydney this 29 November: all representative anti-Israel human life appears to be there:

Meanwhile, on the Facebook page of a ratbag leftist group advertising a talk by an Irish agitator to be held in Melbourne next year, proof of a Far Left "package deal" at work:

Just as, in 1947, Australia's "Doc Evatt" played a seminal role in the UN's vote in favour of a Partition (see my post here) so, in 1917, Australian troops (the 10th Light Horse Regiment) played a prominent part in General Allenby's liberation of Jerusalem from the rule of the Ottoman Turks  (see my post here).

With that Anzac contribution in mind, South African journalist Stan Goodenough, a committed Christian Zionist who tweets here, told a congregation at Queensland's Sunshine Coast yesterday that
'....Christians should be writing to Mr Abbott and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to applaud their pro-Israeli stance....
Mr Goodenough said Australia was right in arguing that Jewish settlements were not illegal under international law and that it should not formally recognise Palestine.
He was speaking on the Sunshine Coast as part of a tour of Australian churches where he is rallying support for Australian not to fold to international pressure. He has also spoken at Toowoomba.
History had shown those countries who has supported Israel had prospered while those who opposed it had been cursed, he said.
Mr Goodenough said the US' recent decline was evidence of the fact that it had waned in its support of the Jewish people, especially under President Barack Obama.
The long-time journalist in Israel said giving land to Palestine was akin to 'giving Czechoslovakia to Adolf Hitler'.
"You are giving land to people who are determined to continue to wage war by their own mouth.
"I heard Yasser Arafat, after he signed Oslo, in a mosque in Johannesburg, I have the recording, in which he said the peace process is a deception, we will use it until we are strong enough, and then we will throw it in the trash can.''
"It sounds nice to say all Palestinian Arabs want to live in peace,'' he said.
But he said history and their own statements made a lie of that.
"They don't want to live in peace. They want Israel to be removed.''
Mr Goodenough said the two-state 'solution' would give mountain territory overlooking the Israeli land to Palestine.
Some 80% of the population of Israel lived in strip of land, just 13 kilometres wide at its narrowest point.
"They would all be under the rocket fire.''
"We are now talking about multiplying the (current) threat (in Gaza) 1000 times plus - right over our cities, right over our international airport, everything is in range.''
Mr Goodenough said history had shown that each time Israel gave up land, the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) had used it to launch further attacks.
"You want to reward them for their terrorism by giving them land that never belonged to them and they will use that to continue their violence. How dare you.''
"We need to talk to our leaders with anger.  What they are doing is immoral and very, very dangerous for Israel and also for your country."'
Read the entire report here

Meanwhile, talking of South Africa the leaders of two Jewish organisations who met with Mahmoud Abbas and came away "much assured" by what he told them are being considered by many on social media to be too trusting and naive.

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