A U.S.-born Israeli author and former politician thinks it was a
shrewd political move by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
to form a new right-wing coalition in order to virtually assure his
re-election early next year.
As reported earlier by OneNewsNow, Israel was not supposed to
have elections until October 2013. However, Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu decided to call for early elections because if he waited
the opposition might grow stronger and he might not be as popular
in the polls.
David Rubin is the former mayor of the
Israeli town of Shiloh and author of The Islamic
Tsunami: Israel and America in the Age of Obama. He says
the Israeli leader has taken an additional step that will ensure
that he remains prime minister.
"Netanyahu's Likud Party has merged with Avigdor Lieberman's
Israel Our Home Party -- in Hebrew, it's Yisrael Beitenu. So
they're combining, and it's going to be Likud-Beitenu," he tells
"It's going to be the biggest party in Israel. It virtually
guarantees that Netanyahu will be the next prime minister of
Rubin believes such a coalition is necessary in light of the
continued threat from Iran.
"The threat is greater than it has ever been in Israel's very
existence," he declares. So, yes, the two right-of-center parties
joining together is significant. I'm hopeful that the right wing
will win this election in Israel in January."
Israelis will go to the polls on January 22 to elect the 19th