…by Jonas E. Alexis
Australia has given Benjamin Netanyahu the finger by explicitly declaring that they are not moving their embassy to Jerusalem. Period. End of discussion. Canberra’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has said:
“While I understand the sentiment behind this resolution, the Australian government will not be moving our embassy to Jerusalem.”
Bishop was just getting started. She moved on to say:
“Jerusalem is a final status issue and we have maintained that position for decades and we are doing all we can do to ensure that any support we give to the Palestinian Authority is only used for purposes that we determine.
“Our funding to the Palestinian Authority is subject to a memorandum of understanding, defining precisely how it is used and subject to very close audit to ensure that no funds are diverted to the so-called Martyr’s fund.”
Bishop apparently realizes that Netanyahu is doing his Talmudic magic by attempting to persuade countries in the world to move their embassy to Jerusalem. Trump, Netanyahu’s finest puppet, declared that the move will bring “a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.” Nothing could be further from the truth.
Trump was essentially perpetuating the Israeli narrative, and both the European Union and Vladimir Putin have rejected that narrative precisely because recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital while ignoring the Israeli settlements and concentration camps in Gaza can never bring “a lasting peace” in the Middle East. In fact, it can only bring violent conflicts because Israel continues to ignore international law and more specifically the moral order.
What would the consequences of such action? We should expect violent reactions in some circles, and this is already happening as we speak. People of reason should continue to resist the Israeli machination of the Middle East, but not through violence. The central issue again and again is that we have seen these violent reactions in history before.
So we should all applaud Bishop for her brave move. We hope that other government officials will have the courage to tell Netanyahu the same thing.
 “Just No, Mate: Australia Refuses Pressure to Move Israel Embassy to Jerusalem,” Sputnik News, June 16, 2018.
Jonas E. Alexis has degrees in mathematics and philosophy. He studied education at the graduate level. His main interests include U.S. foreign policy, the history of the Israel/Palestine conflict, and the history of ideas. He is the author of the new book, Kevin MacDonald’s Metaphysical Failure: A Philosophical, Historical, and Moral Critique of Evolutionary Psychology, Sociobiology, and Identity Politics. He teaches mathematics in South Korea.