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, 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.