Israel elections = stronger foreign policy

Monday, December 10, 2012
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

A U.S.-born Israeli author and former politician says Israel's upcoming elections should result in a government willing to pursue a bolder foreign policy.

Hamas terrorist chief Khaled Mashaal recently arrived in the Gaza Strip for his first-ever visit. The landmark trip, which came after he led the Hamas delegation that accepted a truce to stop last month's eight-day conflict between Israel and Gaza, reflected his terrorist group's burgeoning international acceptance. Gaza officials are portraying the visit as a celebration of what they call Hamas' victory in the recent fighting.

Rubin, DavidDavid Rubin, former mayor of the Israeli town of Shiloh and author of The Islamic Tsunami: Israel and America in the Age of Obama, says many Israelis were unhappy with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to accept the cease-fire brokered by Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammad Morsi.

"Israel was on the verge of a great victory, and the military was prepared for a major operation to put an end to the Hamas control in Gaza, and we didn't do it," he comments. "The pressure came from President Obama, from Secretary of State Clinton, from the head of the U.N., from the European Union, and Prime Minister Netanyahu caved in."

But Rubin believes Netanyahu is waiting for the January 22 elections, when the newly created Likud Beiteinu coalition is expected to gain control of the Knesset.

"I think if it's a more right-wing coalition, we will see Israel taking a much stronger stand toward the Palestinian terrorist organizations, towards Iran as well, as far as standing up to foreign administrations that are not positive towards Israel," the former politician predicts.

So, Rubin concludes that Israeli elections equal stronger foreign policy for the country.

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