Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Whom I voted for in the Israeli elections

In “King Bibi Netanyahu, the magician” (March 2), Herb Keinon makes several good points, but they are not the most salient ones.

For me, who to vote for in the Israeli elections was quite straightforward. I believe that Iran presents an existential threat to Israel and the world since, according to Bernard Lewis, “For people with this mindset, mutually assured destruction (M.A.D.) is not a constraint; it is an inducement...”

There are three Israeli politicians who are fully aware of the magnitude of the Iranian threat. They are:

1) Benjamin Netanyahu, who was consulted by Bernard Lewis and at the end of the talk was convinced that if the ayatollahs obtained nuclear weapons, they would use them.

2) Michael Oren, who quoted Bernard Lewis in his Los Angeles Times Op Ed in 2015, and

3) Moshe Ya’alon, who used to say that “the regime of the ayatollahs is apocalyptic-messianic in character.”

Of the three, Ya’alon changed his mind about the Iranian threat in 2016 and Oren is out of the Knesset.

That leaves only Netanyahu.