Redstone does work differently in Java/Bedrock.
That looks normal (for Java) the redstone prefers to connect to redstone componants rather than blocks, you need to run it straight at the block without having a chance to connect to anything else instead for it to connect.
You could place a repeater on this side of the left torch (facing towards the torch).
The repeater would connect to the left torch and since the right hand redstone can't connect to the side of the repeater it should connect to the torch instead.
Or you could remove the redstone this side of the left torch and move the left string of redstone one block to the left so you can turn it so it runs straight into the left torch so it connects.
that is make a u shape out to the left.