Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in the political fight of his life.
The American ally has failed to form a new government and is in danger of losing his position as Prime Minister.
A possible third election may take place this year to decide who the next Israeli Prime Minister will be.
The Jerusalem Post reported, “While the parties have said publicly that they want a unity government, behind closed doors, sources in the negotiations do not see a path to a coalition.
Blue and White leader Benny Gantz has 21 days left to form a government before the mandate to do so goes to the Knesset, which will then have 21 days for a majority of its members to back a candidate for prime minister. If that does not happen, a third election within a year will be called.
A senior Blue and White source said there has been almost no substance in their meetings with Likud so far, but he hoped they would delve into the political issues on Thursday. He said the Likud’s insistence that Netanyahu be prime minister first in a rotation was a nonstarter as long as Gantz has the mandate to form a government.
Netanyahu has been a staunch defender of the West against terrorist threats. He has been a close ally of President Trump, and he stood tall against President Obama when he was in the White House.
Obama sought to actively derail Israeli security plans at every turn. He made a deal with Iran, which did nothing to end the terrorist nation’s nuclear weapons program. The deal actually emboldened the radical Islamist regime to continue to fund terrorism in the region. Iran would like nothing more than to wipe Israel off the map.
In response, the prime minister publicly rebuked Obama’s deal. He said, “Far-reaching concessions were made in areas that were supposed to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons … Iran will receive hundreds of billions of dollars, with which it can fuel its terror machine, and pursue its aggression and terror in the region and the world.”
Obama described working with Netanyahu as being akin to working with a rival. Obama said that “dealing with Bibi” — Netanyahu’s nickname — “is like dealing with the Republicans.”
Bibi took his opposition against Obama to the United States Congress. In his speech to members of Congress, Netanyahu said, “This is a bad deal — a very bad deal. We’re better off without it.”
The Obama administration responded by spending taxpayer dollars to defeat Netanyahu at the polls. The Washington Times reported that during the 2015 Israeli Elections, the Obama administration dispatched resources of the Federal government to defeat Bibi.
The Washington Times wrote, “The State Department paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayers grants to an Israeli group that used the money to build a campaign to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in last year’s Israeli parliamentary elections, a congressional investigation concluded … some $350,000 was sent to OneVoice, ostensibly to support the group’s efforts to back Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement negotiations … OneVoice used the money to build a voter database, train activists and hire a political consulting firm with ties to build a voter database, train activists and hire a political consulting firm with ties to President Obama’s campaign.”
Sounds like actual “collusion” on the part of the Obama administration, doesn’t it?
During his time in office, Netanyahu has been a Winston Churchill-like leader on the world stage. Like Churchill, Netanyahu has warned about evil in his time. He has taken action to combat global terrorism while receiving very little support from world leaders and nothing but condemnation from the United Nations.
The Prime Minister’s enemies have sought to dethrone him. His opponents have launched a witch hunt similar to the Democrats’ witch hunt against President Trump. They have accused him of bribery and corruption crimes. Netanyahu allegedly took cigars and champagne from a friend.
Despite all of these issues, Netanyahu has remained in the fight and is determined to keep going. America is fortunate to have a friend like Bibi.