Saturday, June 22

Israel fights on two fronts

Israel, from its 1948 re-birth in Palestine, or what was once ancient Canaan, where Israel and Judah’s Kingdoms were established, has faced ongoing challenges to its right to exist just as it did in ancient times. 

There is a biblical element to this which is briefly covered later.

That challenge to Israel is continuing now on two fronts. The war in Gaza and in world public opinion as represented by South Africa’s Genocide charge being heard at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the huge pro-Palestinian protests, in response to the large death toll in Gaza, being held in most Western and many Middle Eastern cities. 

Comparatively, there has been little sympathy for the loss of 1200 Israeli people killed, raped, mutilated, and terrorised with a further 240 kidnapped (105 returned) by Hamas from the Southern Israeli kibbutz by Hamas. 

As of 15 January 2024, Hamas’ Gaza Health Authority said at least 24,100 Gazans (including Hamas fighters) had died and 60,000 had been injured. 

Can Israel meet PM Netanyahu’s objective to eliminate Hamas as a fighting group and form a government in Gaza? Various estimates say Hamas has up to 30,000 militia and that between 2000+ and 9000+ of them are included in the 24,100 Gazan deaths. 

If that’s so there is a long way to go. 

Can Israel eradicate the hate that is entrenched in Hamas and others to want to drive the Jews out of Israel? Not a chance. That danger will carry on for all eternity.

The biggest immediate danger Israel faces is world public opinion stigmatising Israel to ultimately cause many younger Jews not to fight for their nation’s survival. 

Yes, I know Israel’s steely resolve. Masada. Never again. It is that resolve that’s being attacked by Iran and many others throughout the world. 

Iran and its South African allies’ joint strategy is to drive a wedge between the world and Israel so that its military support becomes increasingly conditional and secondly to traumatise and stigmatise Jews into feeling that IDF service is so controversial that internal consensus on security policies is weakened and the Jews find it very difficult to serve in the IDF.  

Just as North Vietnam beat the Americans in the living rooms of American homes, Iran seeks to do the same within Israeli homes. 

The South African Foreign minister went to Tehran right after the 7 October 2023 attack on Israel to discuss strategy. 

It’s no surprise that South Africa has taken a case against Israel to the ICJ. 

Hamas cannot beat Israel militarily. Neither can Iran, yet. 

According to biblical prophecy, none of which has been wrong thus far, the world will come against Israel. In fact, the UN is already against Israel with most of its censuring resolutions against countries being made against Israel. Read the great Hebrew prophet, Zechariah 12:1-3 14:2-3. 

Turkey, Jordan, Brazil, Colombia, Bolivia, Pakistan and Malaysia are among the states that have publicly supported South Africa’s case before the ICJ along with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. This Saudi-based organization consists of 57 member states, 48 of which are Muslim-majority countries. And Russia, China, and North Korea are likely to come in line too.

Liberal Democracies should be invested in Israel’s survival as they stand against the onslaught of militant fundamentalist Muslim Jihadism spread throughout the Western world. 

Last Monday’s stigmatisation of Israel by South Africa in the ICJ was effective but unlikely to be a winning performance. 

In 1948, the United Nations Genocide Convention defined genocide as any of five “acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group”. These five acts were: killing members of the group, causing them serious bodily or mental harm, imposing living conditions intended to destroy the group, preventing births, and forcibly transferring children out of the group. Victims are targeted because of their real or perceived membership of a group, not randomly.”

It was the Holocaust that took the lives of over 6 million Jews that brought about this UN Convention. Oh, the Irony.

Along with the views of a British Law Lord and a KC that I’ve read recently on this, I do not see Israel’s conduct of its war in Gaza fitting the definition of genocide. But then again our former Labour PM and administrator of the United Nations Development Programme Helen Clark does. 

But the purpose of South Africa’s case isn’t winning. The primary objective is to bring Israel into disrepute over the months and years this case will go on. 

Its purpose, along with that of Iran,  and others previously mentioned, is to weaken the resolve for survival of the Israeli people in their living rooms as they watch TV news, read social and mainstream media constantly telling them they are evil people committing genocide and that they have no right to live in Israel. 

That’s the agenda. 

Although the USA, UK, France, Germany and most EU and English-speaking countries like Australia, New Zealand, and Canada are with Israel, they are all subject to public opinion at home, and, in New Zealand’s case, to Labour-Green and Te Pati Maori Party (holding 45 percent of parliamentary seats) supporting South Africa’s case at the ICJ . 

Israel’s support in the world is fragile.