Israel and Australia are democracies. They share the same values, including freedom of the press and freedom of religion. The rule of law ensures all are treated equally under the law and the rights of minorities are guaranteed. The principle of separation of powers between the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government prevents too much power being concentrated in one body.
In Israel, Parliament is called Knesset, and is located in its Capital, Jerusalem, which some people have a problem with! Australia’s Federal Parliament is located in its Capital, Canberra, which people have no problem with – quite right too, as a sovereign nation has the right to decide where its capital should be.
In view of their shared values, it is entirely fitting that a Pro-Israel Caucus is being formed in Australia:
A delegation from the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus (KCAC) met Australian politicians in Canberra, Friday, June 21st 2013 in an effort to form a pro-Israel caucus in the Australian parliament.
The delegation, led by KCAC co-chairman David Rotem (Yisrael Beytenu), met with top politicians in Australia’s major parties, including Tony Abbott…
The creation of an Australian Parliamentary Israel Allies Caucus will not only strengthen Australian-Israel relations but will also provide a powerful boost to the work of the over 20 governmental caucuses under the auspices of the Israel Allies Foundation” said KCAC director Josh Reinstein.
Israel has few friends in the world; she certainly has no better friends than Christian Zionists, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has long recognized. In a Speech to Christian Zionists in 2010, he said:
Your presence here today represents a profound transformation in the relationship between Christians and Jews. This transformation has its roots in the 19th century when the early Christian Zionists came to the Land Israel and when they began exploring the land of the Bible, when they began to yearn for the Jewish restoration in this land…the restoration of our sovereignty.
In fact, Christian Zionism preceded modern Jewish Zionism, and I think enabled it. But it received a tremendous impetus several decades ago when leading American clergymen began to say…it’s time to take a stand with Israel… the sole democracy in the Middle East. It was time to take a stand against the lies and the slander and the vilifications. It was time to defend the Jewish state’s right to defend itself.
Today, Christians by the thousands, by the tens of thousands, by the hundreds of thousands, by the millions, by the tens of millions – today they have heard this call, and they stand with Israel. I salute you, the people of Israel salute you, the Jewish people salute you.
Time after time, through thick and thin, you have stood shoulder to shoulder with our state, and I have come here tonight to thank you for your unwavering friendship.
Last year he reaffirmed this bond:
“I don’t believe that the Jewish State and Modern Zionism would have been possible without Christian Zionism. I think that the many Christian supporters of the rebirth of the Jewish State and the ingathering of the Jewish people in the 19th century made possible the rise of…modern Jewish Zionism. We always had the deeply ingrained desire to come back to our land and rebuild it. …That was made possible in the 19th century, by the resurgence of Christian Zionism….”
In June 2013, lawmakers from Israel, the US and Europe declared their support for keeping Jerusalem united as Israel’s capital in an event organized by the KCAC and other Israel supporters in Congress and the EU Parliament.
“For historical, biblical and moral reasons, we are committed to the unity of Jerusalem as Israel’s undivided capital,” said Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colorado), who co-chairs the Congressional Israel Allies Caucus.
Benny Elon, president of the Israel Allies Foundation, said the event’s political significance cannot be underscored.
“High-profile parliamentarians and congressmen in Washington, Europe and elsewhere around the world are celebrating together the historical date of the reunification of Jerusalem…and are trying to do their best to relocate their embassies to Jerusalem through legislation. This is big encouragement for Israel and shows how important the work of the Israel Allies Foundation is as it continues to unite politicians of faith on behalf of Israel.”
Members of the Australian Israel Allies Caucus (AIAC) include Christopher Pyne, Fred Nile, Josh Frydenberg, Mark Dreyfus, Philip Ruddock and Tony Abbott. While hailed as bi-partisan, there seem to be many more on the Liberal side of politics, with Labour’s former partners, the Greens, conspicuous by their absence. Still, it’s a positive initiative, which hopefully will help stem the tide of anti-Israel rhetoric.
KCAC director, Josh Reinstein said:
“It was very exciting to see such strong and bipartisan support of the State of Israel in Australian Parliament”.
The AIAC will join a growing international network, including five caucuses in America, seven in Europe and three in Asia. KCAC is a multi-partisan group which aims to build bridges between the Knesset and worldwide Christian -leaders.
The delegation also met with the NSW Parliament and more than 100 religious leaders at a forum organised by NSW Christian Democrat MP Fred Nile.
“People who support Israel because of values and beliefs instead of for economic and political reasons will always be friends of Israel,” Reinstein said.
Kudos to the religious leaders, who have put in so much effort on behalf of fostering ties with Israel, including Fred Nile, MP, and Keith Buxton, National Director of Bridges for Peace Australia
Christians United for Israel (CUFI) also offers enormous support to Israel:
Joseph Puder writes:
“On July 23, 2013, CUFI held its 8th national Night to Honor Israel at the Washington, DC Convention Center, packing 4,500 enthusiastic members and supporters from throughout America and beyond, waving American and Israeli flags, and cheering loudly at all references to Israel by an impressive array of speakers.
CUFI was founded by Pastor John Hage, whose ministry is centered on straightforward Bible teaching, and unwavering support for the Jewish State of Israel and the Jewish people.
CUFI on Campus, founded in 2009, has become a major source of advocacy for Israel on college campuses where campaigns by pro-Palestinian Muslims, leftist students and outside professional provocateurs have hitherto dominated.
…Senator Ted Cruz praised Israel for providing freedom and democracy to all its citizens, including Christians. He noted that “there is an irony that many don’t seem to understand – that weakness encourages violence and military conflict whereas clarity and deterrents are the best way to avoid conflict.”…he warned, “Do not expect the UN Security Council to pass a resolution that calls for the protection of Christians in the Middle East. Israel is the only obstacle to a Muslim Empire.”
Turning to the peace process, Hagee proposed ending US aid to the Palestinian Authority until it recognizes Israel as a Jewish State. “How can you make peace” Hagee said, “with someone who wants to kill you?” He was referring, of course, to the Palestinians.
Pastor Hagee proclaimed his heartfelt beliefs. “We Christians stand with Israel now, tomorrow, and forever,” adding that “Christians and Jews are a marriage made in Heaven.”
Amen to that! Let Jews, Christians and all people of goodwill stand together in this great battle between good and evil.