Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Israeli election results - the price of ignorance - instability while facing Iran at a crucial time

 Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu 31
 Yesh Atid (There is a Future)  19
 Avoda (Labor) 15
 Shas 11
 Habayit Hayehudi (The Jewish Home) 11

This election should have been about only one issue - Iran. If Iran gets the bomb all another issues become irrelevant since Iran is going to use the bomb - on us. And who understands the Iranian threat best among Israeli politicians? Bibi, of course, because Bernard Lewis himself talked to Bibi about Shia eschatology, the Twelvers and the Mahdi. It is unfortunate that all other Israeli politicians from Livni and Diskin to Olmert and Mofaz were not present when Bernard Lewis was explaining to Bibi that to the mullahs mutually assured destruction M.A.D. was not a constraint but an inducement- these politicians still demonstrate their appalling lack of understanding of the essence of the problem with Iran. Bibi should  have had  a clear mandate to deal with Iran. Bibi is the one who can best stand up to the Obama administration's insane support for the Muslim Brotherhood and appeasement of  Iran.

However, the Iran issue had almost disappeared from the pre election discourse.
Hence the result.

I realized we had a problem when first my wife and then my daughter said they voted for Yair Lapid, and they had been exposed to a constant diet of Bernard Lewis quotes on Iran. To no avail. They both wanted Bibi to be responsible for security but they wanted other issues to be tackled as well.  What they do not realize is that in this crucial time of decision when the margin of error is so narrow the last thing you need is domestic uncertainty.

But it all boils down to disbelief.  Disbelief that Iran is capable of doing what its Twelvers want  - start a nuclear calamity to bring back the Mahdi.  It is almost inconceivable that at the time of the greatest threat facing this country most Israelis are either ignorant of its nature and magnitude or refuse to believe it. 

I hope for a Bibi- Lapid- Bennett  coalition   31 + 19+ 11 = 61