Israeli Leftist Governments Have Hurt National Security

Israeli governments were left wing from the inception of the State of Israel starting with Ben Gurion.

Despite most government coalitions being left-wing, when it came to security they were more then ready to send military forces to preserve the security of the state.

War of Independence during 1948 under Ben Gurion’s socialist Mapai government, he sent many people to their deaths, even Holocaust survivors with no former military training to their deaths in order to hold the 1948 armistice line.

Prime Minister Levi Eshkol during 1967 ordered a preempted strike against bordering Arab countries preventing the deaths of Israeli soldiers by wiping out the enemies air forces and granting Israel air superiority.

In 1973 under the leadership of prime minister Golda Meir, despite suffering heavy causalities in the beginning of the war was able to round up reservists and reconquer land lost during the first Arab offensive earlier in the war.

Stabilization of the Israeli state’s lack of existential threats moved many left-wing politicians pushing for peace efforts with its enemies in order to gain more votes from a public fed up with conflict.

First Intifada during 1987 to 1993, Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin ordered the military to to break their bones and force the Palestinians to accept Israeli law.

Israelis were divided on the issue because the Palestinians were requesting reasonable demands like a protest against beatings, shootings, killings, home demolitions, uprooting of trees, deportations, extended imprisonments, and administrative detention.

During this time many Israeli left-wing NGOs started to develop and influence the Israeli psyche pushing many to support a two state solution and complete withdrawal of liberated lands.

B’Tselem formed in1989 by a group of Israeli academics with the support of ten members of parliament with its mission to document human rights violations in the occupied territories.

Left-wing voices dramatically influenced Israeli society causing Yitzhak Shamir to lose his re-election to left wing candidate Yitzhak Rabin.

April 16, 1993 Hamas bombmaker Yahya Ayyash made a car bomb that exploded in the Mehola Junction killing two Palestinian civilians, one Israeli civilian, one Israeli soldier and wounded eight other soldiers.

Mehola bombing was the first suicide bombing perpetuated against Israel within Israeli territory but little did the Israeli Public know that the suicide bombings were only the beginning.

A few months later Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin signed the first part of the Oslo Accords   allowing for the establishment of three separate areas within the West Bank and Gaza giving varying degrees of autonomy to Israel.

Oslo established the Palestinian Authority who would have complete authority over area A with the establishment of several government ministries responsible for several aspects of Palestinian life.

After the Oslo Accords, Israel signed a peace treaty with Jordan who had been at war with Israeli since the beginning of the founding of the State.

Israelis were beginning to see value in withdrawal and using diplomacy over military force to achieve a life of normality.

Yitzhak Rabin’s murder at the hands of Yigal Amir only strengthened the Israeli Left by many referring to Rabin as a victim of peace.

Israeli society became so divided that the following election in 1996 led to the left-wing parties getting more votes than the right-wing parties, but under the leadership of Netanyahu he managed to form the smallest government coalition in Israeli history.

Since the signing of the Oslo Accords the Palestinian terrorists started to increase the frequency of suicide bombings with 15 suicide bombings from 1993 to 1996.

The Palestinian Authority was supposed to be responsible in stopping terrorist attacks and bombings but did not hold up their end of the bargain.

Palestinian leaders continued to encourage bombings of Israeli citizens to liberate Palestine from the river to the sea.

Terror organizations responsible for suicide bombings ranged from the religious organization of Hamas to the secular terror organization known as the PLFP.

Incitement in the Palestinian Authority continued and attacks on Jewish Israelis continued getting Israeli civilians murdered at the hands of terrorists.

Israeli Left Wing public argued that by giving up land and removing soldiers from the remaining Palestinians areas would cause the Palestinians to no longer see it necessary to attack Israelis.

Right-Wing public argued that with more troop withdrawals and giving up land, the terrorists would only be emboldened to continue attacks because they would interpret those actions as a victory.

As the ’90s came to an end and the suicide bombings against Israelis continued to increase with more casualties the government was indecisive in coming up with an actual plan to stop the attacks.

During the late nineties there was an effort of four different mothers pushing for withdrawal the IDF from Southern Lebanon.

Every year following 1982 there were Israeli soldiers who would be killed in action every year in Southern Lebanon.

Israeli Media covered the Four Mothers activists whom after the 1997 crash of an Israeli military helicopter that killed 73 soldiers became more political active.

Media coverage and lobbying of the Israeli Knesset by the Four Mothers led Prime Minister Ehud Barak to withdrawal from Southern Lebanon.

Israeli withdrawal of Southern Lebanon caused thousands of soldiers from the Southern Lebanese Army to flee Lebanon.

A power vacuum formed after the Israeli Army left Southern Lebanon and led to Hezbollah taking control of the south with support from Iran.

For years Hezbollah had been fighting against the IDF for years using guerrilla tactics and causing significant amount of casualties that it made Southern Lebanon Israel’s Vietnam.

Politicians at the top of parliament were not willing to give the army the necessary tools to be able to wipe out Hezbollah altogether and bring South Lebanon under complete control.

Politicians concerned about a continuing amount of conflict and possibility of more Israeli causalities in Southern Lebanon because of fear of loosing their election.

Victory of the Israeli left with the withdrawal from Lebanon only continued the idea of retreating and removing soldiers as an option to military intervention.

Due to the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon, Hezbollah grew stronger over the years gaining ten seats in the Lebanese Parliament and have a large supply of missiles far greater the European NATO countries.

Hezbollah with the help of Iran has continued to become a more powerful enemy against Israel with a large amount of funding and more diverse branches within its only military apparatus.

Withdrawal from Lebanon in 2000 only continued to solidify the left’s position that military withdrawal was a solution to ending the Israeli-Arab conflict.

Ariel Sharon who for many years was a right-wing politicians decided to leave Likud and created the center-left party known as Kadima.

Kadima under the leadership of Ariel Sharon put into motion the expulsion of 10,000 Jewish Israeli residents of the Gaza Strip.

Israeli Military working under orders of the Israeli government went into different Jewish communities in the Gaza Strip and physically removed them.

After a year of Israeli absence in Gaza without any Jewish Settler or Israeli soldier in Gaza, Hamas won 74 seats out of 130 seats in the Palestinian Legislative Council.

Hamas wiped out all opposition to its rule in Gaza and built up its military capabilities to help continue the resistance against Israel.

Hamas developed several rockets and tunnels to attack Israel that for months the Israeli government refused to take any action.

Only after Hezbollah had kidnapped two Israeli reservists and launched missiles into Northern Israel and Hamas fired missiles into Southern Israel that military action was taken.

Opening two different fronts forced the Israeli government to finally take military action with the objective to bring quiet to the embattled areas of Israel.

Israeli withdrawal of Gaza and Lebanon led to Israel’s enemies to become stronger and created the Second Lebanon War where the entire Northern Israeli population became paralyzed from fear of missiles.

Israeli civilians in the north became refugees in their own country fleeing to the center of the country to seek refuge from missiles.

Second Lebanon War effectively put an end to a left-wing government with the resulting outcome of having Labor Prime Minister Ehud Olmert put in prison.

Israeli public saw the effect of troop withdrawal and giving up territory led to only more dead Israeli citizens and intensified conflicts.

About the Author
Shlomo was born in Miami, Florida in 1989 and moved to Israel in 2012. He holds a degree from Florida Atlantic University in Political Science and served in the IDF as a combat soldier in the Netzach Yehuda Battalion. After serving in the military Shlomo studied in Yeshivat Shavie Hevron where he lived in Hebron. He now lives in Kiryat Arba, is a proud reservist in the Golani Brigade, and is a blogger for the Times of Israel.