For the second time this year, Israel is holding an election.
Earlier in the year, it appeared that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was on his way to winning another term as the leader of the Jewish nation. After an election-night victory that saw his Likud Party win the most seats in the general election, it seemed a foregone conclusion that Netanyahu would be able to form a governing coalition and remain as the nation’s Prime Minister.
However, plans have changed. He was unable to form a governing coalition by the deadline imposed by law and will now have to run again. A new election was called for today.
Israeli electoral policy is vastly different from what we are used to here in the United States.
Vox outlined the electoral process in a recent article. They reported, “Israel’s parliament, called the Knesset, awards seats in a proportional fashion: parties get a number of seats determined by what percentage they get in the national popular vote. To qualify for Knesset seats, a party must get at least 3.25% of the national vote, a bar that a fair number of different Israeli parties regularly clear.
The result is an incredibly fragmented system. There are 120 seats in the Knesset, which means a party needs 61 for a governing majority; poll averages suggest Blue and White and Likud will each get around 32 in today’s election. The remaining seats will go to a group of smaller parties who run the ideological gamut, from the Arab Joint List and peacenik Democratic Union on the left to the pro-settlement Yamina and Jewish supremacist Otzma Yehudit on the right.”
Prime Minister Netanyahu has been a good friend to the United States and the Trump Administration.
Netanyahu has been a staunch defender of the West against terrorist threats. He has been a close ally of President Trump and 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 nuclear 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.
Netanyahu took his opposition to 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.”
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 condemnation from the United Nations.
Netanyahu’s defeat would be a blow to the security of the region and the United States of America.
President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu have forged a strong partnership and it would be a shame to see him go down.
Hopefully, Israelis make the right choice and re-elect Benjamin Netanyahu.