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Defence against defence of Israel

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There are two things wrong with Danny Wakil’s letter in defence of Israel.

First, he never acknowledges that Israel is the cause of the violence in Gaza and the West Bank. It’s Israel’s illegal, 52-year-long occupation of Palestinian territory that is the cause of the violence.

Secondly, despite what the US and Israeli (and Australian) governments assert, Hamas is not a terrorist organisation. Hamas has the same moral authority as the French Resistance had in opposing German occupation during WWII. They are freedom fighters resisting a cruel occupation but it suits the US/Israeli narrative to characterise them as terrorists because that implies that Israel is the innocent party, which it is not.

Israel can end the violence any time it wishes by ending the occupation but that’s not going to happen because Israel is clearly preparing to annex most of the West Bank. This seems likely to happen during Trump’s second term as US president.

It is clear that Trump and Netanyahu have continued the US/Israeli plan to make the Middle East safe for annexation by removing or sidelining administrations that support the Palestinians – Libya, Iraq, Syria, and now Iran.

America’s attacks on Iran gain urgency as Trump’s second term approaches. There will be no two-state solution. Palestinians will not be allowed to achieve statehood.

Danny Wakil sheds tears over the plight of Gazans but until he accepts Israel’s culpability for the violence and the extent of Palestinians’ suffering at the hands of Israel they’ll remain what they’ve always been – crocodile tears.

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  1. Danny Wakil’s letter defending Israel stands tall compared to the overabundance of propaganda and misinformation in Kennedy’s letter.
    To what Palestinian territory is Kennedy referring? There is disputed territory in Judaea and Samaria but that doesn’t somehow magically belong to the so-called ‘Palestinians’ just because they have laid claim to it. The Palestinians have had upteen opportunities to come to an agreement ever since the UN Partition Plan of 1947 that could have seen them establish a state, but on so many occasions since they have opted for war and terrorism instead.
    Kennedy decides in his own mind that Hamas is not a terrorist organisation. Australia does not actually argue that Hamas is a terrorist organisation; it is actually Hamas’ Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades which is recognised as a terrorist organisation. Moreover the European Union and Canada have classified Hamas as a terrorist organisation; even Egypt and Jordan have made similar declarations about Hamas.
    And as for the possible annexation by Israel of Judaea and Samaria, Israel has many legitimate claims to these territories by the fact that Jews have lived in these areas as true indigenous inhabitants historically for far longer than this modern-day concoction of a ‘Palestinian’ people.


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