The real war in the Middle East

18 August 2023

The Australian government has demonstrated how far it is removed from reality by announcing a change in Australia’s policy towards Israel.

On Tuesday 8th August, Foreign Minister Penny Wong declared that Australia – which just months ago rescinded its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital – would henceforth be referring to “East Jerusalem” (ie. the Old City including the Western Wall, the Temple Mount and their environs), together with the “West Bank” (ie. Samaria and Judea) and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, as “Occupied Palestinian Territory” (OPT). According to Wong, all Jewish towns and neighbourhoods in Judea and Samaria, home to over half a million Jews, are “illegal settlements” under international law.

This is typical misuse of legal rhetoric by those in the West who consider Israel the cause of all conflict in the region, and either naively think that condemning and pressuring Israel to make concessions to the Palestinians will somehow bring an end to terror and hatred in the region, or wantonly offer Israel’s security as the price for appeasing those who hate them.

Australian Christian groups, including Christians for Israel, responded by issuing a strong statement condemning the new policy. The term Occupied Palestinian Territory, they wrote, “wrongfully implies that Israel has no legal title in Judea, Samaria or Jerusalem, and that Gaza is occupied by Israel. The term also “suggests that any Jewish presence in places where Jews have lived for thousands of years, the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem including [where] Judaism’s most sacred, ancient and holy site, the Kotel and Temple Mount [are situated] is ‘illegal,’ simply because Jordanian forces ethnically ‘cleansed’ it of Jews between 1948 and 1967.” The Christians detailed their understanding of “the basis for Israel’s claims” to parts of Samaria, Judea and eastern Jerusalem:

  • the international legal mandates for the establishment of a Jewish homeland there, under the    League of Nations in 1920 and renewed under the UN in 1945;
  • the doctrine of succession of territorial title within the boundaries of the previous British government at the time of Israeli independence in 1949;
  • the absence of a competing legal sovereignty in [Judaea and Samaria] at the time of Israeli occupation in 1967;
  • the absence of any international rule at that time prohibiting acquisition of land taken in a war of self-defence;
  • the Jewish right of self-determination in indigenous land in Judaea and Samaria; and
  • the security imperatives of control on the hills overlooking Jewish population concentrations in the coastal centre of Israel.
  • The absence of any legal commitment, legal document, treaty, agreement, contract or formal binding resolution that has determined that the territories belong to the Palestinians – or that they are under Palestinian sovereignty. (UNSC Chapter VI Resolutions are recommendations and not binding, as are UNGA Resolutions).

The authors argue that Judea and Samaria “can be described as disputed territory because Israel gained control of it in a defensive war and relinquishing all control would pose an existential threat [to Israel]. “For Australia to prejudice peace negotiations by unilaterally declaring borders in a disputed territory is absurd and will only entrench Arab intransigence,” they concluded.

Unilateral withdrawal from Judea and Samaria would, of course, be suicidal for Israel, which faces existential threats from Iran, whose proxy Hezbollah has over 150,000 rockets aimed at Israel in Lebanon and is threatening its destruction.

The idea that the mere existence of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria is the obstacle to peace in the region is of course absurd. Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians cannot be reduced to the simplistic narrative of a colonialist regime occupying land that belongs to another people. If that were the case, it would have been solved long ago.

To be sure, the Palestinians have a right to self-determination. And the Israeli military administration of the West Bank must somehow be brought to an end. But that is only part of the picture. The Palestinians do not have a right to statehood, nor is Israel’s control over the West Bank illegal. The Palestinians do not only have rights, they also have obligations. Israel not only has obligations, it also has rights.

Israel can only be expected to give up control over the West Bank if and when the Palestinians leaders abandon their declared intention to destroy Israel, build a democratic government and prevent terror attacks against Israelis.

But there is something much more fundamental going on. Palestinian belligerency and Israeli intransigence are in turn evidence of a much more complex and difficult underlying problem: Israel is engaged in a real, existential war – with Islamist jihad forces generally, and in particular with the revolutionary Islamist regime in Iran and its proxies, that are committed not only to Israel’s destruction, but to the destruction of Western civilization.

The further development and outcome of that underlying therefore has massive consequences for the Western world, including Australia. Their interests are better served by supporting Israel’s fight against hatred and terror, not undermining it.

For Israel, Australia’s latest statement is further evidence that the Jewish state cannot rely on other nations for its defense. Ultimately, only the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob will defend the Jewish people from those who seek to destroy them. It is He who is bringing them home, and it is He who will protect them.

The Editorial Team – Israel & Christians Today

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Interview with Itamar Marcus founder and director of the Palestinian Media Watch.
Itamar Marcus, Founder and Director of Palestinian Media Watch, is one of the world’s foremost experts on the Palestinian Authority (PA). With his organization the ‘Palestinian Media Watch’ they monitor PA messages that are being send out to the Palestinian people for promoting and glorification of terror. They bring to light the true message from the PA and debunk incorrect messages. Itamar travels the world speaking to members of Congress, parliaments, and governments presenting PMW’s findings that have literally changed the way the world sees the PA.

In this interview Itamar gives shocking examples how the PA’s indoctrination children to seek Martyrdom. As a result many children commit acts of terror on Israeli citizens and die for the PA cause.



Psalm 80

Hear us, Shepherd of Israel,
you who lead Joseph like a flock.
You who sit enthroned between the cherubim,
shine forth
before Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh.
Awaken your might;
come and save us.
Restore us, O God;
make your face shine on us,
that we may be saved
How long, Lord God Almighty,
will your anger smolder
against the prayers of your people?
You have fed them with the bread of tears;
you have made them drink tears by the bowlful.
You have made us an object of derision to our neighbors,
and our enemies mock us.
Restore us, God Almighty;
make your face shine on us,
that we may be saved.
You transplanted a vine from Egypt;
you drove out the nations and planted it.
Y ou cleared the ground for it,
and it took root and filled the land.
10  The mountains were covered with its shade,
the mighty cedars with its branches.
11 Its branches reached as far as the Sea,
its shoots as far as the River.
12 Why have you broken down its walls
so that all who pass by pick its grapes?
13 Boars from the forest ravage it,
and insects from the fields feed on it.
14 Return to us, God Almighty!
Look down from heaven and see!
Watch over this vine,
15 the root your right hand has planted,
the son you have raised up for yourself.
16 Your vine is cut down, it is burned with fire;
at your rebuke your people perish.
17 Let your hand rest on the man at your right hand,
the son of man you have raised up for yourself.
18 Then we will not turn away from you;
revive us, and we will call on your name.
19 Restore us, Lord God Almighty;
make your face shine on us,
that we may be saved.