It looks to be official. Bibi will hold on to his power. The latest from Israel says that the Likud party will have 25-29 seats. With other right-wing parties in Israel, Bibi will be able to form his government. Conservatives in this country are gloating over the apparent victory. I guess they want to take at least some credit for Bibi’s win.
But there remains a question with the outcome of the election. What does this mean for Israel and the world? Is this something that should be celebrated, or is it something that should be dreaded? I guess the answer to that will depend on your views of Netanyahu and his right-wing policies.
Just before the elections, Netanyahu said that there “would be no Palestinian State” as long as he was Prime Minister. That does not sound good for the prospects of peace. The Israeli government has been saying for years that they agree to a two-state setup. One for Israel, and one for the Palestinians.
Netanyahu has made it very clear through his negotiation practices that he did not want a Palestinian State. That coupled with the fact that almost all of the “settlements” on the West Bank have been completed under his watch, is proof he isn’t interested in allowing the Palestinians to have their own state.
He is against any negotiations with Iran over their nuclear program because he says you “cannot trust your enemy.” He thinks that the only way to make sure Iran doesn’t get nuclear weapons is to invade the country and replace their “regime” with one more favorable to the west.
Of course, he refuses to say whether or not Israel has nuclear weapons. It has been firmly believed for years that Israel does have nuclear weapons. To tell you the truth, I am not sure whether Iran or Netanyahu is the more crazy of the two. I am not convinced that if Netanyahu thinks Iran is close to getting a nuclear weapon that he wouldn’t use nuclear weapons against Iran to stop them.
Even with that in mind, I rather believe that Netanyahu wants the U.S. to invade Iran rather than Israel. Why risk killing Israelis if the Republicans are willing to kill Americans instead? He would rather use his army to wipe out the Gaza Strip, which is supposed to be part of a Palestinian State.
But since Hamas runs the Gaza Strip, that is all of the justification Netanyahu needs to keep a Palestinian State from happening. Not to mention all those settlements he might have to remove if the West Bank became an independent state. That, of course would be political suicide for him.
Since Netanyahu won his election, we can assume that “peace in the Middle-East” is not going to happen anytime soon. Netanyahu is not interested in peace. He is interested in creating an “Israeli Zone of Influence” so he can justify his actions. If that means using the U.S. to do his killing for him, all the better.
That was the real reason he was so eager to give his speech to a joint session of Congress. To make sure the neo-cons here are in support of his war plans. It will be our young men and women who will face the dangers of a war with Iran. All Bibi needs to do is muck up any negotiations with Iran and let the American neo-cons start another war in the Middle-East.
The problem is that our neo-cons are falling for his gimmick. They are all too anxious to get into another fight with the “dreaded Muslims.” As a result, I am afraid that all we will see in the next few years is another war we don’t want. More of our service people killed and injured. And more patriotic speak from the right-wing to justify their insanity.
I am afraid that the world is much more dangerous with Bibi’s victory. I hope I am wrong, but since we have so many hotheads in this country willing to follow Netanyahu’s lead, the future doesn’t look good.