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Wednesday 6 March 2019

David Singer: Netanyahu Could Still be Israel’s Next Prime Minister

Image: Sebastian Scheiner/AP
Here's the latest article by Sydney lawyer and international affairs analyst David Singer.

He writes:  

The cards have certainly been stacked against Benjamin Netanyahu being Israel’s next prime minister after three recent major developments – but he is by no means down and out.
Those developments are:
1. Israeli Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit’s decision to pursue Netanyahu for alleged criminal offences – explained by Elena Chachko as follows:
 “Mandelblit only announced that he isconsideringindicting Netanyahu. In other words, the announcement does not mean that Netanyahu would necessarily be indicted. This is not specific to Netanyahu’s case, but rather a feature of the Israeli justice system: Netanyahu, like most criminal defendants in Israel who face serious charges, will get a hearing before a final decision is made. Based on news reports and past precedents, the hearing will take place several months from now, after the April elections. This process is governed by the guidelines of the state attorney—the official subordinate to the attorney general who directs prosecutions—for notification and hearing in criminal proceedings.”
2. Three political parties coalescing into the Blue and White Part promising that two of the three previous leaders – former Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and Yesh Atid’s Yair Lapid – will each be prime minister for half of the next Government’s term of office.
3. Netanyahu’s role in precipitating a marriage of convenience between Jewish Home, National Union and an extreme right wing party Otzma Yehudit with alleged links to the assassinated Rabbi Meir Kahane’s banned political party Kach – which has caused consternation and anger in Israel, America and Australia.
It remains to be seen whether these three developments translate into Netanyahu not being Israel’s next prime minister.

Bret Stephens  – one of Netanyahu’s most trenchant critics – penned an op-ed article in the New York Times titled  “Netanyahu must go” in which even he grudgingly admits:
“As I noted last year, in matters of policy and execution, Netanyahu has been a remarkably effective prime minister. On his watch, Israel’s economy has thrived, its diplomatic horizons have widened, its borders have been defended and its enemies humiliated. Thanks to Donald Trump, whom he cultivated astutely and assiduously, he got his way on the Iran deal, brought the American Embassy to Jerusalem and pursued openings with the Arab world without making irreversible concessions to the Palestinians. Israel’s critics may like none of this, but from an Israeli standpoint they are considerable successes.”
Noted jurists Alan Dershowitz and Avi Bell – Professor of Law at Bar Ilan University and the University of San Diego –  have criticised Mandelblit’s decision.

President Trump and Vladimir Putin’s relationships with Netanyahu arenot enjoyed by any other candidates.

A spirited defence distinguishing Otzma Yehudit’s policies from those of the Kach Party has been made by Otzma candidate Itamar Ben Gvir.

The 2015 election results provide a useful guide as to the likely impact these three developments might have on Netanyahu’s chances:
• the Likud Party only received 23.4% of the vote – hardly a ringing endorsement for Netanyahu and
• 72% of those eligible voted – very high when compared to America’s 58.1%.
 Likud’s low supporter-base seems unlikely to desert Netanyahu.

Voter turnout would have to increase dramatically or huge swings away from other right-wing parties would be needed to give Blue and White the nod needed to be invited by President Rivlin to form a coalition Government ahead of Netanyahu.

The unknown elephants in the room are the number of terrorist attacks and international political developments affecting Israel in the next five weeks that will concentrate voters’minds – when actually casting their votes  – on who can best safeguard their personal safety and Israel’s security.

Netanyahu is certainly not out of the race.


  1. “Indeed, Palestinians rarely make an appearance in The [Washington] Post, unless it’s to serve as the perennial victim — and this too is contingent on portraying Israel, and only Israel, as the oppressor.

    When Palestinians suffer at the hands of their leaders, the [Washington] Post is nowhere to be found.”

    SOURCE: article by Sean Durns, 2019 March 6
    The Media Only Cares about Palestinians If Israel Can Be Blamed


    “But the Western press shows little
    proclivity for reporting on topics
    that might cast the PA [Palestinian
    Authority] in a bad light.”

    article by Sean Durns, 2019 March 6
    The Media Only Cares about Palestinians If Israel Can Be Blamed


    “And, of course, no conspiracy theory would be complete unless Jews could somehow be blamed, and one theory—especially prevalent in the Muslim world—is that Israeli intelligence bombed the [World Trade Center] towers [on 2001 September 11] in order to spur the United States to go to war against the Muslim world.”

    SOURCE: Al Qaeda, the Islamic State, and the Global Jihadist Movement:
    What Everyone Needs to Know
    (chapter 2, page 36) by Daniel Byman,
    Oxford University Press, year 2015, ISBN: 019021726X (paperback)
    ISBN: 9780190217266 (paperback) ISBN: 0190217251 ISBN: 9780190217259


    Harvard Law Professor Alan M. Dershowitz said:

    “The difference between Israel and Hamas [an Islamic terrorist organization] is that Israel uses its soldiers to protect its civilians, whereas Hamas uses its civilians to protect its terrorists.

    That is why most of Israeli casualties have been soldiers and most of Hamas' casualties have been civilians. The other reason is that Israel builds shelters for its civilians, whereas Hamas builds shelters only for its terrorists, intending that most of the casualties be among its civilian shields.”

    SOURCE: Needless death and destruction in Gaza
    by Alan M. Dershowitz, 2014 August 11


    Who are the Palestinians?

  2. Never-Bibi's fail to understand a crucial fact. Those other candidates are no more appealing than they were all the other times they ran or discussed running. Just like the Never-Trumper's here who run on the "I Hate Trump" but offer less than zero substantive on anything resembling a program, the Never-Bibi's bring nothing to the table except concocting scandals and then pointing to them as evidence of unsuitability. The great, sometimes unassailable advantage of being an incumbent is track record and experience. What have these other candidates done? At best all they're offering is chaos. Do you want chaos? Do you want un-governance? Because that's what you will get. You won't have Bibi anymore you won't have a government at all. Good luck.


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