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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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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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Hugh Hewitt: Netanyahu’s Moment


Over the course of the past few months, Iran has escalated their military presence inside of Syria, building many many missile sites.

Israel has struck at these sites repeatedly, and then this week Iran fired twenty missiles into Israel. And Israel responded with great force and with severity that destroyed almost all of the military infrastructure of Iran inside of Syria.

If Iran continues its provocations and if Tehran’s mullahs think they can calculate Israel’s reaction to any use of weapons against the Jewish state, well those Mullahs are very mistaken.

Like most Americans, I know Israel through the prism of the leadership of  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  If Iran sets off a battle, there is no one else who Israelis and Americans would want at the top of the Israeli government if this turns into a real war.

Watch closely.

This is Netanyahu’s moment.

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David Davenport: Will the U.S. Be Prosecuted in the International Criminal Court?


As if President Trump did not face enough legal challenges, there are now two threatened prosecutions of Americans at the International Criminal Court.

First, the Palestinian territories have filed a complaint against both President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu over relocating Israel’s capital to Jerusalem. While an important matter for Middle Eastern politics, it’s difficult to see how this could be a criminal matter for the court.

Second, the prosecutor is seeking authority to investigate whether the U.S. military is guilty of torture and other war crimes in Afghanistan. Although the U.S. is not a member of the court, Afghanistan, on whose territory the alleged crimes occurred, is.

If either of these moves ahead, it would be the first time the ICC has sought to prosecute Americans and would set up a major confrontation between the U.S. and the court.

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