Israel’s future in the region depends upon forming a government ASAP and letting Netanyahu serve first as a rotational prime minister.  

As we speak, both Blue and White and the Likud Party are deadlocked in coalition talks aimed at establishing a national unity government.  According to the Jerusalem Post, both Blue and White and the Likud still disagree on when Netanyahu will have to take his leave of absence as prime minister.  Furthermore, Gantz is still reluctant to serve under Netanyahu due to his fear that he will have the power to fire ministers.  Netanyahu has tried to allay these concerns by agreeing to pass a law that a prime minister cannot fire ministers without the permission of his deputy prime minister, which would be Gantz.  Nevertheless, forming a national unity government still appears to be an uphill battle.  Meanwhile, due to such stalling tactics, many important foreign policy and security issues are being neglected.

It has always been my position that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is the most qualified individual to lead Israel’s foreign and security policies at this time.  He is the longest serving prime minister in Israel’s history.  Under his rule, Israel’s foreign relations have flourished and the security situation has not spiraled out of control despite the chaos that surrounds us in the region.  Therefore, it is of critical importance that Netanyahu serve first as prime minister and remain the leader of the nation for as long as possible.  This gives Netanyahu the ability to deal with the issues that Israel is presently facing and also provides Gantz with the opportunity to obtain the necessary political experience, so when his rotation to be prime minister comes, he will be more qualified for the position.

As we speak, there are mass protests in both Iraq and Lebanon.  As a result of the Lebanese protests, Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saed Hariri resigned.  What comes next in Lebanon remains to be determined!  Either Hezbollah will become stronger or a more democratic less corrupt government will take over.  Only time will tell what happens.   Meanwhile, despite repression from the Shia militias and Iran, the Iraqi protesters are still fighting on the streets, hoping to expel Iran from Iraq.

This is all occurring as Turkey established a 30-mile safe zone within Syrian territory, resulting in 300,000 Kurds being forced to flee their homes.  In the areas of Syria controlled by Turkey, jihadists have called Kurdish women “whores” and Kurdish men “pigs” while executing people en masse.  According to Dr. Seth Frantzman of the Jerusalem Post, Future Party leader Hevrin Khalif was dragged from her car by her hair, shot and had her body stamped upon. Her body was then covered in dirt as jihadists praised Allah for helping them to murder an unarmed woman.  Already in the areas controlled by Turkey in Syria, jihadists have sprayed graffiti on the homes of Christians and are calling for discriminatory taxes to be imposed upon them, thus relegating them to the status of being second-class citizens.

In the wake of this development, ISIS, Iran, Assad and Erdogan have been strengthened at the expense of the Kurds, one of America’s and Israel’s greatest regional allies.   As Salah Bayaziddi, the Washington, DC Representative of Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan, explained in an exclusive interview: “The Kurds are allies and partners of the US in the War against Terror.  They should not have been abandoned.  This has resulted in the reemergence and regrouping of groups like ISIS.  It has also led to the strengthening of Iran.”

And while all of these regional developments are occurring, Israel lacks a government, which could help to formulate policies in response to these developments that potentially could have assisted the Kurds as well as the Iraqi and Lebanese protesters.  Our political crisis is a national disaster for our ability to respond to regional developments is virtually non-existent under the present circumstances.  As a result, we are missing out on major opportunities in order to weaken the Iranian axis in the Middle East.  In fact, as Trump weakened Israel’s security by running away from the region, allowing Assad, Iran and Erdogan to take his place, Israel was unable to come up with a coherent strategy in order to counter-balance Trump’s rash decision for we lack a unity government.

Minority groups across the Islamic world are greatly concerned that Israel presently lacks a coherent government.  Dr. Nakeeb Saadoon, who heads the National Protest Rally of Iraq and is a Kurdish man from Duhok, Iraq, emphasized that Israel so far has not been able to assist him in expelling Iran from Iraq due to their coalition crisis.  Furthermore, Shipan Kumer Basu, President of the World Hindu Struggle Committee, emphasized that that the Hindus of Bangladesh prefer to work with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu because he has been a great friend of the Hindu people worldwide and has a good working relationship with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  He believes that Netanyahu is the Israeli leader best suited in order to address minority rights abuses in the Muslim world.  And for this reason, he is urging Gantz for the sake of humanity to let Netanyahu serve first as prime minister and to only take over for his rotation as prime minister once he becomes more experienced.

 

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Rachel Avraham is the President of the Dona Gracia Mendes Nasi Center for Human Rights in Middle East (under formation) and is a political analyst at the Safadi Center for International Diplomacy, Research, Public Relations and Human Rights, which is run by Mendi Safadi, Israeli Communication Minister Ayoob Kara's former chief of staff. In addition, she is a counter-terror analyst at the Islamic Theology on Counter-Terrorism, a think tank run by British Pakistani dissident Noor Dahri. For over 6 years, she is a Middle East based journalist, covering radical Islam, terrorism, human rights abuses in the Muslim world, minority rights abuses in the Muslim world, women's rights issues in the Muslim world, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Syria, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Jewish Diaspora, anti-Semitism, international affairs and other issues of importance. Avraham is the author of “Women and Jihad: Debating Palestinian Female Suicide Bombings in the American, Israeli and Arab Media," a ground breaking book that was endorsed by former Israel Consul General Dr. Yitzchak Ben Gad and Israeli Communications Minister Ayoob Kara.