As I feared, the time that should be spent solving Israel’s many problems will instead be spent on an election campaign that the country just doesn’t need right now. Predictably, Israel’s uninspiring left-wing politicians have decided to make this election all about deposing Prime Minister Netanyahu, notwithstanding the fact that none of them can even hope to be half the leader that Bibi is.
Okay, I know that Bibi isn’t perfect. No person is. But who would you have replace him? No one amongst Bibi’s opponents, or even his supporters, has what it takes to fill his shoes. For me, Prime Minister Netanyahu is our modern-day Winston Churchill. Like Churchill, he tells people what the reality is, even if they don’t want to hear it or choose to ignore it. And like Churchill, he is always proven right. In the 1930s, before World War II, Churchill repeatedly tried to warn the leaders of the time about the danger that Nazi Germany presented to the world, but was often scoffed at and ignored. And as we all know, the failure of world leaders to heed Churchill’s warnings came in the form of World War II and the Holocaust. Today, Bibi is tirelessly trying to present to his own nation and to the world the dangers posed by global terrorism and countries like Iran which support it. And just like Winston Churchill, he too is not being taken seriously by many of the world’s current power brokers. So unfortunately, history seems to be repeating itself. My fear is that Israelis will elect a new Prime Minister that does not have Bibi’s experience and is not in touch with the current reality as Bibi is.
I certainly do not agree with everything that Prime Minister Netanyahu does. I have said, for example, that his recent attempt to pass a law strictly defining Israel as a Jewish state is a waste of time and energy. I also believe that he needs to do a much better job dealing with Israel’s socio-economic problems. Right now, many Israelis believe that Bibi does not understand the plight of the average Israeli citizen struggling to make ends meet because of the soaring cost of living in the country. And perhaps most importantly, Bibi needs to try and sound less arrogant. Yes, I understand that when you’re right as much as Bibi is, it’s hard not to be arrogant. Nevertheless, he has to try, because now more than ever, Israel must have a seasoned leader like Netanyahu who knows how to protect the interests of the country.