Yisrael Rosenberg

Two Nations; Two Elections — One Solution

It’s election time, once again, here in Israel.

Next week, Israelis go to the polls for the second time this year. In the wake of the failure of the Israeli election system to produce a clear winner, new elections were called – the first time such a thing has happened in the 71-year history of the Jewish State.

And what’s more – election fever is now running high in America, with a large slate of Democratic candidates doing everything and anything in their power to try to unseat the very controversial current Republican president, Donald J. Trump. Anyone who has family and friends in the States knows all too well: people are at each other’s throats, with the sharpest divide between Republicans and Democrats in memory.

Strange times indeed.

Let’s be clear: in order to tame radical problems, we need radical solutions.

It just so happens that Donald Trump is wildly popular here in Israel. Many of his administration’s policies — from moving to American embassy to Jerusalem, to recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, to the drastic defunding of the much-despised Palestinian Authority – leave not a few  Israelis feeling that finally, someone out there really does care about the honor of Israel.

And what’s more – many Americans seem happy with Binyamin Netanyahu’s image in America. Netanyahu’s command of the American version of the English language is legendary – he even jokes comfortably in English, with no hard-edged Israeli accent that plagues almost all other Israeli politicians. And Netanyahu is certainly well-known in America. In fact, he has spoken before the United Nations and the combined Houses of Congress more than most American presidents have.

Given the formidable challenges facing the two countries, why not perform a simple switch: Let Donald Trump be the person tapped by Israel’s president to form a working coalition. And simultaneously, on the other side of the pond, Binyamin Netanyahu can be easily made the Republican nominee for President of the United States.

Trump wouldn’t even have to show up at the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament’s building. As long as he has the Twitter address of every member of Knesset, along with the heads of each television and radio station and print journalist, he can take care of everything. By the same token, Americans would have nothing to fear with Bibi at the helm. Surely there are enough liquor and cigar stores in Washington D.C. to satisfy even his needs.

If anyone has a better idea for making the upcoming elections in Israel and America worth getting excited about  – let them speak up now, or forever hold their peace. But meanwhile, here are two suggestions for new election banners and stickers:

“Donald Trump – the Perfect Likudnik”

America, Bibi Real Already”

About the Author
Yisrael Rosenberg is a former New Englander who made aliyah 30 years ago. He lives with his wife and four children in Jerusalem.
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