National Security

A Long Time in Israeli Politics

The aphorism goes, “A week is a long time in politics.” And if we’re talking about the Israeli elections of next Tuesday, that could prove true. With the aid of smaller parties, incumbent Likud Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu is the likely candidate to be able to form a government after this parliamentary competition. But coming up in his rear-view mirror is former General Benny Gantz of the Blue and White party, and Gantz may get closer in the less than a week that is left. Key word being “may.”

Weeks ago I wrote about this contest and the numbers have remained generally steady. This sarcastic ad from Justice Minister and Bibi ally Ayelet Shaked has been the most amusing new development.

Netanyahu, running under the cloud of a bribery scandal, has held on to a small lead. This as Gantz tries to put distance between himself and the PM on corruption and social issues. But when you’re getting rocket attacks on major cities on a regular basis, national security becomes front and center. On that, advantage Bibi. Though the general is no complete slouch either. Think of it, the choice for the top job there is between a hard conservative and a center right conservative.

Sigh.

The PM has even used his great relationship with President Trump as campaign media, erecting massive posters on the sides of buildings showing the two leaders together. In this he seems to have a slightly different view of the president compared to his American coreligionists.

On this electoral decision rests U.S. negotiations in the area and U.S. security concerns across the region. Though they could never publicly say it, the Saudis, Egyptians, and Jordanians are fervently imploring Allah for a Netanyahu victory. This keeps the de facto alliance against Iran in firm place and ensures stability in Israeli relations with the three U.S. allies.

So, we’ll keep watch and report back next week. Until then on this subject, shalom.

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David Kamioner

A veteran of service with US Army Intelligence, the Pershing Nuclear Brigade, and the First Infantry Division, Kamioner is a graduate of the University of Maryland’s European Division and spent over twenty years as a political consultant, college instructor, non-profit director, and corporate PR director. He hails from New York City and grew up in South Florida. He served with the American Red Cross as part of the relief effort for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012. For several years he ran homeless shelters, most recently homeless shelters for US military veterans. He currently is a Senior Contributor for OpsLens.com, a writer for American Greatness, and has been published in LifeZette. He is the author of the novel "Prisoner of the Chattering Class" and lives in Annapolis, Maryland.

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