Israel “on its own”: Ehud Yaari

Watchman | by | Volume 26, Issue 1 | January – February 2020

This was the heading of a recent article in the Australia/Israel Review for December 2019. It was compiled by Sharyn Mittelman summarising an address given to Jews in Melbourne by Ehud Yaari. The prophet Jeremiah spoke of Israel in the latter days in these words: “There is none to plead thy cause, that thou mayest be bound up: thou hast no healing medicines. All thy lovers have forgotten thee; they seek thee not; for I have wounded thee with the wound of an enemy, with the chastisement of a cruel one, for the multitude of thine iniquity; because thy sins were increased” (Jer 30:13-14). This speaks of many friends deserting the Jewish nation in their hour of greatest need. We currently see Israel continually being defamed and condemned in the United Nations, with very few nations prepared to “plead her cause”. We now see in this article how the US, in retreating from the Middle East, has signalled a new policy of isolationism leaving Israel to fend for itself. The commentary is as follows:

“We are on our own”—this was a key message from veteran Israeli commentator Ehud Yaari regarding the consequences for Israel following an apparent US retreat from the Middle East.

Yaari was recently in Australia as a guest of the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC), …

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