ANALYSIS: Netanyahu had a big night, but was it enough? If Bibi can’t form the right-wing coalition
Updated: Mar 6
Kehila News, Joel C. Rosenberg, March 3, 2020
(Washington, D.C.) — This morning, Fox News published a column I wrote analyzing the initial results of the Israeli elections. Here are a few excerpts.
Israeli election results show Netanyahu had a big night, but was it enough?
Enough already: after three rounds of elections in just twelve months, Israel urgently needs a fully functioning and stable government, not a paralyzed, caretaker one.
Incredibly, given the inconclusive results of yesterday’s vote, some Israeli politicians and pundits are already talking of a possible fourth round of elections.
Israeli voters are sending a clear and consistent message. We aren’t giving full power to either the right or left wing blocs for a reason.
We want true statesmen to step up and form a broad-based national unity government that will put the needs of the nation ahead of petty and exhausting partisanship.
The reasons are obvious.
We see grave and rising threats from Iran and terrorist organizations like Hezbollah, Hamas, al Qaeda, ISIS and others. We see rockets continuing to be fired at us from Gaza and know that the prospect of a third war with Lebanon is steadily growing.
At the same time, we see historic, once-in-a-lifetime opportunities emerging. It’s clear that Israel has the chance to forge better relations – and possibly full-blown peace treaties and trade relationships – not with the Palestinian leadership (unfortunately), but with Gulf states like Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Saudi Arabia.
Meanwhile, we realize that President Trump is the most pro-Israel leader in American history and that we must seize the moment to work with him to further strengthen the U.S.-Israel strategic alliance and advance regional peace while we have the chance.
What if Mr. Trump is not in the White House next January? What if he is replaced by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., the most hostile and anti-Israel presidential candidate to ever emerge as a frontrunner?
As the smoke fades from yesterday’s vote, one thing is clear…..