After Tuesday’s election in Israel, a lot of people in the world were surprised and upset that Bibi Netanyahu’s Likud party did so well. Tut tut! It was incredibly inconvenient for the crazy religious fanatical right wing extremists to be back in power. I mean how could the people of Israel ignore President Obama’s foreign policy? And how could they rudely ignore the generous funding that was provided to the V15 group who kindly told Israelis who they should vote for. And how could the citizens of Israel ignore the will of the European Union? And how could those who live in that ancient land of Israel ignore the genuine good intentions shown by the Arab world? How could they exercise their democratic rights and vote for parties they decided would best protect them in gross violation of the will of the world and the United Nations, where the majority of countries’ citizens don’t get to make that same choice?
Even President Obama has yet to congratulate Bibi on winning a democratic election, although he didn’t seem to have any hesitation in rushing to Saudi Arabia to meet the new king who was also voted in by … um… well… no one… Now, a lot of people say this is because of the ‘poisonous’ relationship between Bibi and Obama. I would like to say that I completely disagree with that.
You see, President Obama has no problem with Bibi Netanyahu at all, and neither does the rest of the world. Sure, they may not like him that much, but their real problem is not with the Israeli Prime Minister, but instead it’s with the people of Israel itself. When I see headlines that say ‘Obama Lays Down Punishment on Netanyahu’, do not be fooled into thinking that punishment is meant for Bibi Netanyahu. It’s not. It’s meant for Israeli citizens.
Because Israeli citizens, be they Arabs or Jews or Christians, took part in a democratic election to elect a new government. While various parties from both left and right got in, the majority of voters opted for a government they felt would better defend them and their rights and the security. But this democratic choice in this democratic country does not sit well with the intentions of the Obama administration and the United Nations and the European Union and the Arab world, who will continue to try to force Israel to cave into pressure by forcing them to give up lands in order to make them weaker and more vulnerable. In the deluded world logic of these wonderful heroes of peace, they think by giving land to organisations like the Palestinian Authority who on March 11th named a square in Al-Sraa’t in the Ramallah and El-Bireh District after Dalal Mughrabi – a Palestinian terrorist who murdered 37 people in 1978, including 12 children, peace will somehow be achieved! And ISIS will suddenly lay down their weapons, pick up guitars and sing songs by campfires. Oh – and what’s that – a flying pig just went by!
The world is building a super-highway of what they call peace that runs through the Middle East. But it is a highway without foundation. A road with fake mortar. A mirage in the hot desert sands of the surrounding deserts. But they can’t quite build this highway, because right smack bang in the middle of their proposed path is a small house. An old house that has been there for longer that the worlds powers that line this earth. And no matter how many bulldozers they bring to the door of this old house. And no matter how many threats they shout from their megaphones. And no matter how many lies they try to use to convince them to move… the occupants of this house will just not budge.
Because this is a house that is real – with foundations that are solid and walls that are strong. This is the house of Israel, where opinions may vary, but unity against those who seeks its destruction will never be in doubt.
The world is trying desperately to decide Israel’s fate. To force it to succumb to their will. But in the end, they don’t get to make that decision. Instead, it’s made by those who live there. And that’s a little something we call democracy.