LOS ANGELES, January 23, 2013—Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu won a third term yesterday and remains the Prime Minister of Israel. Israelis again decided to vote for security over self-immolation, despite the continued expected hostility from the leaders of the United States and United Nations.
The global left immediately tried to downplay the results.
Mr. Netanyahu won by less than was expected, and by a smaller margin than he had in a previous victory. In America, Barack Obama won a similar victory yet claimed a mandate to turn America into France.
“Elections have consequences,” and the Obama message of “I won, you lost,” is how he plans to govern.
Yet somehow, the left does not accept a Netanyahu victory because he did not cover the point spread.
Mr. Netanyahu was expected to “barely” have 61 or 62 seats out of the 120 Knesset seats available. This “bare majority” is exactly that. He gets to govern.
Whenever a conservative wins a close election, that leader is told to moderate their positions, hew to the center, and represent all the people. Yet when a leftist ekes out a win, they are encouraged to “pulverize” and “destroy” conservative opposition.
Mr. Netanyahu may decide to form another hard right government. He may reach out to a new centrist party that had a surprisingly strong showing. Yet what the anti-Likud, anti-Bibi, and anti-conservative media will not report is the real story.
The left in Israel is irrelevant. Labour is in shambles. What Obama wants to do to the Republican Party, Bibi has done to Labour. He has crushed, vanquished, and at this moment in history, all but eradicated them.
The people of Israel want peace, but their top priority is security. They know that the 1993 Oslo accords were a complete failure. They know the Palestinians are not a partner for peace. Enough of the Israeli left has come to accept that singing “Hatikva” with murderers does not make them friends.
The centrist party said it will not join any coalition unless Bibi takes steps for peace with Palestinians. The “hard-liners” want Israel to annex large parts of the West Bank. The hard-liners have been proven right over and over again regarding Palestinian behavior. The voters this time did not give them a blank check, but a “smaller than expected” governing majority is still a majority in the same way winning a sporting event by one point is still a victory.
Mr. Netanyahu may decide to turn away from the hard right and form a center-right government. The leader of the centrists, Yair Lapid, has insisted he will not be a “fig leaf” in a new government. Yet that is exactly what he will be. When he does not get his way, he will do what every center-left Israeli movement does. He will try to blackmail Likud by threatening to destabilize the government. That will backfire and allow Netanyahu to say that the people on the right are the only ones he can work with. The real conservative coalition will then reunite.
It seems the only people correctly analyzing the results are the Palestinians. They understand that any government headed by Netanyahu will be business as usual. Bibi will make some token gestures, but nothing will change. Houses will continue to be built on land Israel won in the 1967 war. Palestinians will continue rotting in their self-inflicted misery. The world community will condemn Israel, but remain impotent.
Israelis know that their nation is difficult to govern, and that Bibi is the one man in these times who can actually govern it. Although this was not the expected landslide, Israel nevertheless once again cast a vote against national suicide and in favor of its own right to exist.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, author, satirist, and public speaker. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”
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