Caroline Glick: Australia’s assault on Israel

by Caroline Glick

(JNS) The decision by Australia’s Labor government to “celebrate” Simchat Torah by renouncing Canberra’s recognition of western Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is an assault on the Jewish state, argues Caroline Glick in the latest episode of the “Caroline Glick Show.”

Glick discusses the event in the context of what she says is the radical polarization of Australian politics, and the incompetence of Israel’s foreign policy under the leadership of caretaker Prime Minister Yair Lapid, who is also the foreign minister.

Israel’s justice system

Joining Glick is Knesset member Simcha Rothman. Ahead of Israel’s looming elections, the two discuss legal reforms and the Religious Zionism Party’s platform.

“The public trust in the justice system in Israel has been declining for decades,” says Rothman. “A judge can basically do whatever he wants—he can actually accept bribery.”

Israel, he says, “needs a justice system that works for the public and not against the public, and not against the elected officials.”

To fix the justice system, the Religious Zionism Party suggests making changes to the role of the attorney general, and to the way in which judges are elected.

Rothman also pushes back against what he says is the negative stereotyping party leader Bezalel Smotrich has been subjected to by supporters of Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked and their partners on the political left.

Israel-Lebanon deal

In her remarks, Glick also discusses the U.S.-mediated deal Lapid and Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz concluded last week with Hezbollah-controlled Lebanon. According to Glick, the deal involves a complete Israeli capitulation to Hezbollah/Lebanon’s territorial and economic demands. She explains how Israel transferred its sovereign right to defend its interests and territory to U.S. mediation and arbitration, and how Lapid is working to tether a successor government to the deal by submitting it to the United Nations.

Iran protests

Finally, Glick moves to what she says is the most important yet most ignored event of our times—the freedom revolution in Iran. She discusses the nature of the events, what stands behind them and what is at stake for the region and the world. She also addresses what she says is the inadequate—at best—response of both Israel and the Biden administration to the dramatic events on the ground in Iran.

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