Before proceeding I should make a few facts known. First is I will not be voting for Likud for any number of reasons. Second is I would rather somebody with even stronger Zionist leanings lead the government as I am against ceding any further lands to the Arabs by any name as it will only further empower their demands for the rest of Israel, especially if President Obama, John Kerry and a bushel of Europeans and other anti-Zionist, anti-Semites are pushing to force Israel into surrendering. I would prefer to see a semiautonomous region be put in place allowing the Arabs to rule themselves while under IDF security and remaining part of Israel and perhaps should reason ever enter into the equation they be included into Israeli society, but not until their aim is not to replace or destroy the Jewishness of the state. Such is within the legal International Laws under which the Jewish State was to formed according to the San Remo Conference which remains the idea in international parlances under which Israel was formed and not by anything resulting from the Holocaust as so many believe and act. Israel was founded and defined in International Law and presumably backed by the British who controlled the lands after the defeat of the Ottoman Empire in World War I to exist between the Jordan River and the Sea as a result of the influx of Zionists and their political efforts. Finally, according to the International Laws pertaining to the establishment of the State of Israel the Arabs were guaranteed freedom to pursue their religious observances, freedom to own property, freedom to run their businesses and general freedoms with one exception, they were not set out specifically by the decrees to have any political rights as their influx into what was set aside for the Jewish state was viewed for its initial reasons, economic opportunity, and it was noted that the Arabs predominantly were not established as a unique peoples but as economic immigrants while the Zionists were seeking the reestablishment of a homeland for the Jewish People on their ancestral lands. It was within a mere few years after these promises were made to the Jewish People that the Europeans had second thoughts, especially the British, and the world has been working ever since to undo this act of righteousness and reverse their acts of establishing a Jewish State largely to placate the Arab world which refused to recognize the Jewish rights to their homeland despite it being spelled out in their Quran.
Now let us get back to the Israeli elections. Before we make what will very likely make a fatal error and place either Yitzhak Hertzog or Tzipi Livni in the position of Prime Minister, let us remember exactly why the election had to be called. The election was not called simply because Bibi Netanyahu desired dictatorial powers to mold Israel to his image. It was called because of largely the actions of two of the leaders of the two parties founded on their leader’s political grand mission to support their righteous and rightful ascendance to be Prime Minister. Both of these faux-messianic figures believed that it was their right to run their assigned positions as their own fiefdoms which were to independently run as if they were equal to or superior to the position of Prime Minister and acted as if the demands and rules which others were required to operate under did not apply to them and they were free to act as an independent wing of the government under self-rule unrestrained by other realities. This is what eventually led to the removal of Tzipi Livni and Yair Lapid from the government and thus new elections. The proof that neither of these individuals’ actions as if they had assumed equality with the Prime Minister and were correct in their reading of the tealeaves is the fact that Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid Party will have its mandates cut almost to half of what they had been before his actions revealed his true nature and aspirations and Tzipi Livni’s Hatnua Party was facing not making it into the Knesset as it was unlikely to make the threshold and her only route into the government was to deceive Hertzog into believing the Labor Party needed her and in exchange for the mandates she believed she could bring she was to finally be rewarded with her destiny, being Prime Minister of Israel and forging a peace with the Arabs at any cost.
Yair Lapid had been running his position as Finance Minister to fit his political ambitions as well as to fit his political outlooks. He had been withholding any funding which was earmarked for purposes which ran contrary to his political leanings, leanings which were almost diametrically opposed to much of the stances he pronounced during the campaign. Lapid ran a campaign based on a Zionist and nationalist set of principles with strong ties to the religious Zionist movement just somewhat less observant but aligned with their views of retaining much of Judea and Samaria. This did not prove to be the truth. Yair Lapid’s actual political view was himself as Prime Minister and that he, as such, would not be required to act within any restraints as were the other members of the coalition. Despite most of the media and political elite refusing to reveal the truth about Yair Lapid and his attempts to form a new coalition around his party’s mandate and a combination of parties who would join his coup and present a new government to the President as a means of his assuming the position of Prime Minister unseating Netanyahu amidst his having won the elections as people such as Yair Lapid must not be constrained and limited by the rules which apply to mere mortals, Lapid was above such restrictions and could play fast and loose with the rules which forced others to accept reality. This was also behind his reallocating funds or withholding funds as noted above in the hopes of releasing these monies to be directed to reward those who joined his newly formed government which he was found out and fired from his position for his treacherous actions.
Ms. Livni, on the other hand, had lost all sense of reality and instead had decided that she alone could finally reach that formerly unreachable peace if only that Benyamin Netanyahu would agree to give everything over to her to negotiate away through Secretary Kerry and Mahmoud Abbas. Tzipi Livni, it must be remembered met with and attempted to carry out negotiations with Mahmoud Abbas and John Kerry in a conference in London despite being instructed directly by Prime Minister Netanyahu to avoid any interactions with Abbas, but such restrictions obviously did not apply to her or to the negotiations she felt still were tenable. Another reason that the negotiations with Abbas were called off was due to Livni going beyond what limits were set on her by Prime Minister Netanyahu and she continued in making offers which exceeded the limitations placed on her power by the government as she too figured that she was destined to take control of the government’s actions and ruled unconstrained by realities. Tzipi Livni is another one who believes she has a destiny to complete as Prime Minister and then forge a lasting peace with Mahmoud Abbas no matter how much land is required to complete the deal. The situation became completely untenable that as Prime Minister Netanyahu began to try and restrain her from offering far more than the government would guarantee and attempt to prevent a disaster if any of her offers were to be accepted as she had taken the negotiation into untenable waters.
Both Lapid and Livni hold messianic complexes and believe they have been placed on the planet to accommodate historic and messianic fetes. They believe in their own hype and regard restriction as merely those guidelines which apply to lesser beings such as you and me. Lapid is going to likely have his wings clipped by the electorate, the force which quite often saves us from ourselves. The catch is that as Israelis we need to remember why these elections were called. Prime Minister Netanyahu did not seek new elections lightly but rather because the people were not being served honorably by two rogue members of the coalition and as such they could not be trusted to continue to act in the name of the people. Now the Israelis are about to make the same fateful mistake they made in the last elections except this time there will be nobody in the Prime Minister’s chair to rescue them as should the “Zionist Camp”, the misnomer being utilized as a cheap and tawdry play on words to mislead the average voter into believing the union of Labor with Livni has anything to do with Zionism as both are Post-Zionist in their outlooks, as such would place weaker candidates at the head of the government. Both Livni, when allowed to speak, and Hertzog are strong believers in the two state solution and are ready and anxious to do whatever is required to attain a two state solution. They have both chastised Netanyahu for not blindly following President Obama wherever he might lead to and have both pledged to follow President Obama to any extremes and doing whatever it takes to establish peace. They have both sworn to sacrifice all of Judea and Samaria and East Jerusalem if that is what President Obama feels is necessary to finally achieve peace. Yair Lapid will likely retain some of the true believers who will follow him simply as a vehicle in which to be in the halls of power. Lapid believes that government can simply cure all the ills that plague a society by the judicial application of money and that he should decide where such money is spent thus empowering him to solve all the ills he perceives of needing saving. Both Livni and Lapid share messianic complexes just for different reasons. Still, we should not use this or any election to reward those who broke the rules as soon as they placed upon them any restrictions. Lapid is dangerous as he knows what he is doing and is willing to sacrifice the religious community in order to get what he desires. Livni is a true believer in the two state solution and will sacrifice everything in attaining this two state solution. She has lost sight of the original stipulations in which Israel was presumed to retain all of Area C and East Jerusalem and the remainder was to be negotiated as to where a border would be placed. Instead of demanding Israeli claims be honored she has taken the belief that any retention of lands by Israel is against International Law and thus Israel has no rightful claims. The reality is that the Arabs have no rightful claims to any lands west of the Jordan River, a fact even Jordan was aware of when they made their peace with Israel and surrendered any claims to lands west of the Jordan River, but let us not confuse Ms. Livni with facts.
To be honest, if Israel is to avoid yet another general war against combined Arab forces, then she is going to have to avoid anything which gives them a beachhead from which to make their preparations. To assure such we would need to select somebody to be Prime Minister who has strong Zionist beliefs backed up by both the International Laws and by religious convictions. There are some who make up such a combination of beliefs but none are viably in the position to be chosen to form a government, perhaps in time as Israel continues returning to her roots and regains religious convictions. Such a transition will take time but the signs are there and such a transformation may be in the near future and such would truly be a wondrous miracle. Until then we who foresee such a day coming for Israel must not lose our grasp on the electorate and need to vote so as to force governments to take note of the need not to sacrifice all in the name of acceptance on the world stage. The only hope we have is to keep the Lapids and Livnis from power and to assure that the government be made up of Zionist and nationalist representatives who value Torah and the promises as well as the admonishments contained within pertaining to the settling of the lands and the promises Hashem has given us as long as we stay on his truthful path and pursue truth and the establishment of Eretz Yisroel and dutifully thank Him for our bounty, nothing more and nothing less.
Beyond the Cusp