Netanyahu's time might be up

Friday, November 30, 2018
Chad Groening (

Benjamin NetanyahuA pro-Israel activist says it likely that Israel's current prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, may be compelled to call for early elections next year.

The embattled Israeli leader, who heads the conservative Likud party, is resisting calls from his coalition partners to hold a snap election following the resignation of Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

Lieberman, representing the Israel Beitenu faction, bolted the Netanyahu government over what he called the too-soft policy dealing with the upsurge of cross border violence with Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip.

The loss of  Israel Beitenu leaves Netanyahu's coalition with a razor-thin majority --- 61 of 120 seats in Israel's parliament known as the Knesset.   

Jan Markell, founder and director of Olive Tree Ministries, says Netanyahu could be on his way out after serving as Israel's prime minister longer than anyone else.  

"He's done a wonderful job," she says, "but it may be time for a newer way of thinking --- a newer political stream to come in."

Markell, Jan (Olive Tree Ministries)In fact, she tells OneNewsNow that Lieberman could step in as prime minister if Netanyahu steps down, which is likely because the population is upset and would support early elections.  

"However, none of us want to see Bibi Netanyahu leave office," she insists. "We really don't but his time will come eventually. It's going to come."  

Whatever happens in Israel's government, the liberal wing of Israel politics needs to be kept out of power, she insists.

"They're vocal. They're unstable," she complains. "They will bring nothing but chaos, which Ehud Barack did back in 2000, so if he comes back 20-years later that's a nightmare being revisited. I hope to God that never happens."


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