JERUSALEM – Numerous nations will elect new governments in 2019, but it is how the “winds of political fortune” will blow in Australia, where voting must take place by May 18, that we in Israel will be watching with particular concern.
Though I am neither Australian nor Israeli, for the sake of a nation whose history regarding Israel and the Jews I have come to appreciate as having been extraordinarily significant, and whose future—I deeply believe—will be impacted for good or for evil directly by the decision it is right now deliberating concerning Jerusalem, I am also unable to be still.
The pulse of the land at the uttermost parts of the earth In the early hours of September 25, 1918, on the moonlit southern shore of the Sea of Galilee, white and aboriginal Australians executed the last horseback charge in military history to capture a small but fiercely-defended train station – Tzemach. Weeks later, World […]
Over the last few years, in the lead-up to the Beersheba centenary, I have actively promoted the view that Australia—in timely fashion and emulating its famed Light Horsemen—could once again lead the charge, recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and place its embassy there. In 2016, I sat in the Australian Embassy in Tel Aviv and […]
“One hundred years ago brave ANZAC soldiers liberated Beer Sheva for the sons and daughters of Abraham, and opened the gateway for the Jewish people to reenter the stage of history.” – Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Beersheba, October 31, 2017 “We are here assembled because we are honouring an extraordinary battle which made history; which […]
(Opinion piece by Stan Goodenough) One hundred years ago men from the Southern Hemisphere fighting under the flag of the British Empire opened the way for the Jews to come home. Today the battle is raging over Jerusalem. Donald Trump’s disinclination to announce his embassy’s move to the Israeli capital has opened the way for […]
Ruth clung to Naomi, saying: “Entreat me not to leave you, or to turn back from following after you; where you go, I will go…” (Ruth 1:14-16) “In those days ten men from every language of the nations shall cling to the sleeve of a Jewish man, saying, ‘Let us go with you, for we […]