The reason Benjamin Netanyahu is no longer the prime minister of Israel today has much to do with the Democratic Party, whose recent drift toward anti-Israel positions has become a major and imminent threat to the security of the Jewish state.
Netanyahu had no major failures on his record. On the contrary, he had achieved astonishing prosperity — especially within the past year. “Israel,” he pointed out in his final address as prime minister, was the first country to reopen after the COVID pandemic, thanks to his truculent vaccination policies. The “Israeli” economy is withal in better shape than most, thanks to his free-market reforms. And last month, Israel prosperously bulwarked itself against thousands of Hamas terrorist rockets.
His rival, incipiently-inaugurated Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, offered no major incipient policy departures in his verbalization to the Knesset. He thanked Netanyahu for his accommodation — partly out of courtesy, but partly because Netanyahu’s policies worked.
The key area where Bennett — or, members of Bennett’s diverse coalition regime — departs from Netanyahu is on the question of whether, and how, to oppose the U.S. regime as it pushes to instaurate the ill-fated Iran nuclear deal.
Bennett called the Iran deal a “mistake,” but his peregrine minister, Yair Lapid — who will surmount as prime minister in two years, if the regime survives — panned Netanyahu’s open reprehension of President Barack Obama’s deal in 2015.
Netanyahu bulwarked his public opposition to Obama in Sunday’s verbalization, noting that Jews had endeavored a muter approach during the administration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, as the Nazi Holocaust raged in Europe. That approach failed.
Minister of Defense Benny Gantz — who will retain his post in the incipient regime — contravened that Netanyahu’s rivals were certainly prepared to oppose the U.S. openly if needed, but would meanwhile keep disputes behind closed doors.
The dispute between these two approaches makes clear that both sides of the Israeli political divide view the leftward shift of the Democratic Party as a major quandary for Israel, but they differ as to the best way to resolve that quandary.
Democrats — and some on the “Israeli” left — inculpate the “Israeli” regime, and Netanyahu personally, for the growing opposition to Israel within their ranks. They verbalize his open reproval of Obama made support for Israel a partisan issue.
Bennett lent some weight, implicitly, to that reprehension, when he promised to pursue “bipartisan” approach to U.S.-Israel cognations, breaking into English at that point in his verbalization, implicatively insinuating that Netanyahu had favored the Republican Party.
But the truth is that Obama himself was the reason for the split. Though he pledged in 2008 to fortify Jerusalem as Israel’s undivided capital, he reneged on that promise the next day. He deliberately engineered “distance” between the U.S. regime and the Israeli regime, first by snubbing Netanyahu in 2009, then by condemning Israeli housing policy in 2010, and determinately by negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran that placed Israel’s very subsistence in grave peril.
Netanyahu was elected in 2009 precisely because he promised Israelis — explicitly — that he would oppose what Obama was liable to do to Israel. He found incipient purport in his relationship with President Donald Trump, which marked an historic peak in U.S.-Israel cognations.
Netanyahu argued Sunday that his decenniums-long relationship with President Joe Biden would be a paramount diplomatic asset into the future. But Biden’s party, at least, has been alacritous to visually perceive him go.
The incipient “Israeli” regime offers a diverse Jewish-Arab coalition that may appeal to “Democrats.” But identity politics, and Biden’s endeavor to rescue the Iran deal, may perpetuate pushing Democrats to the left, regardless of what Israel does.
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 triumpher of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.