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Michael Medved: The Real Story Behind Israeli Elections

American conservatives who view Israeli elections on September 17th as a simple “yes” or “no” on Prime Minister Netanyahu, will miss the underlying good news about the electorate. Polling shows complete collapse of the Israeli left; the secular, socialist Labor Party that dominated the first 30 years of Israel’s modern history, will barely win 5 percent of the new Knesset.

All left-leaning parties, including the “Joint List” that represents Israeli Arabs, draw a combined total of only a fourth of the voters. Even the centrist “Blue and White” Party that is challenging Netanyahu’s Likud for national leadership, is decidedly conservative by historic standards, led by former generals. Despite the distracting headlines about Netanyahu and corruption charges against him, the Israeli public shows growing commitment to free markets, religiosity and a strong security policy.

Whatever the final results, the voters have undeniably moved to the right.

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Hugh Hewitt with Michael Oren on Israeli People Fed Up with Hamas

In the wake of hundreds of Hamas rockets fired into Israel from Gaza, Hugh Hewitt invites former Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren, now a member of the Knesset, to share what steps Israel is taking not only to protect themselves to but fix the problem in Gaza.

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Albert Mohler: A Clear Message Out of Israeli Election

The recent election in Israel led to a big win for Benjamin Netanyahu, who is now headed to an unprecedented fifth term as Israel’s prime minister.

Netanyahu’s Likud party will likely be able to assemble a coalition government of some 65 seats in the 120-member Knesset, the Israeli Parliament.

All this comes as Netanyahu has been repeatedly charged with corruption, including recent charges coming from prosecutors.

So what’s going on here?

Simply put: Israel is at the moment experiencing a notable stability—economically and militarily. It was a vote for stability.

And: Israel, make no mistake, is surrounded by enemies. Netanyahu has kept up the heat, most particularly on Iran. He has made very clear that Israel will defend itself over against any kind of incursion by its enemies. It was a vote for security.

It was a remarkable victory.

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Hugh Hewitt and Dr. Michael Oren on the Israeli Elections

Dr. Michael Oren, outgoing Member of the Knesset and current Deputy Minister of Israel –he did not run this year– and formerly Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, joined Hugh Hewitt to discuss Prime Minister Netanyahu’s sweeping victory.

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