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Michael Medved: Israel’s “National Unity” Compromise

The coronavirus forced a resolution of Israel’s polarizing, paralyzing political stalemate. Benny Gantz, the former army chief-of-staff who fought Prime Minister Netanyahu to a virtual tie in three national elections in the course of a year, finally accepted his rival’s invitation to join “an emergency national unity government” to fight the pandemic.

To do so, Gantz had to split with the left-leaning elements of his Blue-and-White Party. Now this isn’t a betrayal—it’s a demonstration of putting patriotism above party. Netanyahu also agreed to concessions—after 18 more months in the top job, Israel’s longest-serving Prime Minister will also step down and enable his new partner to become Prime Minister for the next eighteen months. The clearest winner in all this is the nation of Israel, which sends a message to her American friends about the importance of coalition and compromise, especially in times of peril.

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Michael Medved: Israel’s “Un-Super” Monday

On March 3rd, Americans in 14 states will vote in primaries collectively known as “Super Tuesday,” but the day before, Israelis will cast ballots for the third time in less than a year and few citizens see anything “super” about it.

Polling indicates yet another tight race, with neither the center-right Likud Party of Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu nor the center-left Blue and White Party of General Benny Gantz winning enough parliamentary seats to assemble a government. This time the pressure for the two big parties to join a “national unity government” may become overwhelming, with Netanyahu and Gantz taking turns as Prime Minister. Israelis want leaders to put aside ambitions and animosities for the sake of the country.

In America, after the bitterness of impeachment and the brutal battle for the Democratic nomination, the public may want our leaders to do something similar—placing patriotism above pettiness and compromise above confrontation.

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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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