The charade of accusations against Netanyahu, which focuses mainly on character attacks rather than his ideology and real policies on important issues, must come to an end.
Elections are around the corner in Israel. Soon, the Israeli people will be electing their next prime minister. A lot is at stake. Israel is increasingly warming up to a number of countries in Africa, Latin America and the Muslim Middle East. Trump is about to unveil the deal of the century. The Iranian Foreign Minister just announced his resignation, only to have it rejected by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, leading some to conclude that the Iranian nuclear deal is on the verge of collapsing. Around the same period of time, all but about 400 US troops are about to withdraw from Syria, thus leading to a weakened American and strengthened Iranian presence in the country. Indeed, the timing for an election could not have been worse.
At this critical hour, instead of focusing on real issues, here in Israel, we are bogged deal dealing with an election that was brought about by individuals who selfishly cared about their own political future over securing the future of our country. During this critical hour, only the Likud showed true leadership, seeking to postpone the election so that real issues could be addressed. Lieberman irresponsibly pulled out of the government due to his objection to a ceasefire in Gaza, which was critical due to Israel’s operation against the tunnels in Lebanon. Bennett created a lot of unnecessary drama around the same period of time and tried to threaten his way into being the defense minister, which amounted to nothing more than a fiery tantrum, similar to what a pre-school kid would make. And then, Kahlon and Deri suggested that elections be held as soon as possible, knowing full well what was at stake. Only Netanyahu did his best to focus on the real issues and to avoid this untimely election.
As a result of certain individuals’ personal ambitions, Israel may very well be heading for a disaster. According to the latest polls, Yair Lapid’s and Benny Gantz’s Blue and White Party is set to get 36 seats while the Likud is only set to get 31. Although Lapid and Gantz would only be able to run if they managed to get both the Haredi and Arab parties on their side, which is something unlikely to happen, the vast number of mandates received by Blue and White could prompt them to move the nation away from the victorious path that Netanyahu has led the nation into if the Likud is compelled to form a coalition with them. In fact, according to JPOST, there are reports that the goal of Gantz and Lapid is to form a coalition with Likud without Netanyahu and to pull the country away from the right wing nationalist camp that way. While the left would not stand a chance of leading after the Oslo disaster, they now do after they rebranded themselves as centrists and put a few top level IDF generals on their list.
This is an attempt to deceive the public, who still wants Netanyahu to lead according to the latest polls, and it is outrageous. As Mendi Safadi, who heads the Safadi Center for International Diplomacy, Research, Public Relations and Human Rights, noted: “No ideology on war and peace or economics and welfare motivates them but rather a desire to eliminate the one person who succeeded internally and externally, who has been embraced by the Arab world without conceding any territory. The only issue is that he is not from the right camp, is not friendly with the media and for this reason, needs to be eliminated.”
Indeed, for quite some time now, there have been numerous campaigns waged against Netanyahu by the media. In the last election, there were even foreign governments that attempted to get Bibi toppled. But so far, these efforts came to naught for Bibi is a great leader and his record is clean. Given that reality, these people went after his wife and his son Yair, hoping they could succeed to find some dirt on them for they failed to find some on Bibi himself. What they are doing is dirty and downright nasty!
These political opponents do not attack Netanyahu’s ideology but rather his character, even though he revolutionized Israel’s foreign relations, public transport system, the security apparatus and the educational system. For crying out loud, we now have a fast train from the greater Tel Aviv area to Jerusalem thanks to Bibi. Terror attacks are at an all-time low thanks to Bibi. The Arab world now is increasingly viewing Israel as an ally thanks to Bibi. A number of countries are moving their embassies to Jerusalem thanks to Bibi. What have Bibi’s enemies done for Israel? Virtually nothing. Netanyahu’s opponents have no ideology except anyone but Bibi and they have no true political platform. It is time for this charade to end. It is time for the people to rally around the Prime Minister and to support the Likud in the next election.