Some of our friends have been asking what we think about the elections that are just now taking place in Israel. I personally like Bibi Netanyahu and would be voting for him if I was an Israeli. Nonetheless, I also recognize that the Messianic movement in Israel is diverse and not everyone is sold on Bibi. An Israeli friend just the other day told me she doesn’t care for his “Napoleonic” demeanor. Others didn’t like the way Bibi has tried to throw a monkey wrench into the negotiations with Iran. That’s their perception.
But like I said, I agree with Bibi. I don’t trust the Iranian mullahs. The Iranian people are great (we have friends from Iran). But their Islamist overlords are doing their best to prolong the negotiations because they’re making progress toward a weaponized nuclear capacity with every day that passes. So the longer the West is willing to negotiate, the better the Ayatollah likes it. The passage of time is in his favor, not Israel’s.
I also agree with Bibi about the impracticality of the “two state solution.” I’m actually surprised that he had the guts to be so unabashedly politically incorrect – but he came right out and said it! When Israel turned Gaza over to the Palestinians in 2005, it was a good test to determine if “Palestine” and Israel could coexist as neighbors. Even the hawkish, conservative military hero Ariel Sharon signed off on the Gaza plan. But it has been an unmitigated disaster and everyone knows it – even those who don’t want to admit it out loud. At the risk of offending some well-meaning friends (both here and in Israel), let me say that anyone who still believes that a Jewish State and a Palestinian State can live peaceably, side by side, is either incredibly naive or just simply … well, to be blunt, not very smart. Please forgive me if that offends you, but I’m speaking here from my heart. I’m telling you—the two state solution, for all practical purposes, is dead.
Most Israelis are politically conservative; however, the conservative bloc is splintered among several parties and that makes it hard for the conservatives to come up with a consensus candidate. That’s why Bibi has been struggling in the polls. It also doesn’t help that some conservatives see him as pompous and arrogant. it’s hard for them to separate personalities from principles.
At the end of the day tomorrow, we will know the answer of the Israeli voters. And 24 hours from now, regardless of who wins the election, the real answer to Israel’s continuing dilemma will still be the same: the Jewish people need their Messiah. Political solutions, alliances, and military might are not the ultimate solution. Someday, all of those things will fail—and all the Israelis will have left is the LORD God of Israel. And maybe, after all is said and done, that’s where He wants them.