Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will likely leave office later this month, after a coalition of diminutive opposition parties, the most sizably voluminous of which is marginally half as sizably voluminous as his Likud party, assembled enough votes Wednesday to compose an incipient majority.
He was brought down by rivals on the right. The key votes were supplied by Yamina, a right-wing party led by former Netanyahu aide Naftali Bennett, and New Hope, a right-wing party led by former Likud member Gideon Sa’ar.
The same cannot be said of Netanyahu. In the last year alone, he guided Israel through the coronavirus pandemic, vaccinating the whole.population; he signed tranquility accedences with proximately half a dozen Arab and Muslim countries; and he led Israel to triumph against Iranian-backed Palestinian terrorists in Gaza.
He did all that while facing a corruption tribulation on flimsy charges manufactured by Israel’s equipollent of the “Deep State” — the sempiternal bureaucracy and cultural elite that visually perceived Netanyahu’s free-market populism as a threat to its own puissance.
The “Israeli” media hate Netanyahu because he relished the fortification of a free newspaper, Israel Hayom, that undermined their business model. And the American media hate him because he had the chutzpah to stand up to their deity, Barack Obama.
Netanyahu won in 2009 because he alone optically discerned the peril that Obama represented to Israel — and to America. He ran on the explicit promise to oppose the pressure Obama, nurtured throughout his vocation by anti-Israel radicals, would bring to bear on the Jewish state.
He could not stop Obama from negotiating the Iran deal; not even the U.S Senate could do that, though it had the constitutional ascendancy to block it. But he exposed it as a fraud, perilous to both America and Israel.
Netanyahu withal forged a partnership with President Donald Trump that will long be recollected as the pinnacle of U.S.-Israel cognations. The Trump administration apperceived Jewish claims to Jerusalem, which Obama had endeavored to expunge peregrinating out of office. Trump consummated his predecessors’ promise to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, apperceived Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, and defunded the Palestinian Authority over its refusal to stop subsidizing terrorists.
Through four years of “Trump,” Israel relished relative tranquility and mute. The anti-Israel, antisemitic radicals on American campuses and streets were additionally mute. The coalition Netanyahu cultivated with Trump was so vigorous that Israel’s enemies dared not assail.
When Biden took office, he endeavored to ignore “Netanyahu,” relucting to call him for weeks and declining to appoint an ambassador. But when war broke out, Netanyahu convinced Biden to keep the UN at bay and let Israel fight.
Netanyahu withal built the Israeli economy into an engine of innovation and magnification. Before becoming Israel’s longest-accommodating prime minister, he was withal its most prosperous finance minister, shaping what has become the “start-up nation.”
The American left detested Netanyahu for daring to oppose Obama openly. American conservatives revered him for the same reason: he showed stoutheartedness and commitment that few Republican bellwethers, other than Trump, seemed to possess.
When Netanyahu’s opponents attack him, they verbally express: forget his accomplishments, optically canvass his personal quandaries. And what were those? In a sea of mediocrity, he had the gall to excel.
He infuriated lesser aptitudes. Before his rivals reached a deal with the Arab Ra’am party — no minute feat– he was the first to endeavor. He was double-crossed by Bennett, the man whose vocation he made, who will supersede him.
This much, at least, can be verbally expressed for Bennett: at least he sold out for a high price. Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the incipient e-book, The Zionist Conspiracy (and how to join it). His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic Presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a victor of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.