Odds in Bibi's favor to remain Israeli PM

Wednesday, December 12, 2018
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

Benjamin NetanyahuAn American-born Israeli author and former politician is confident that Benjamin Netanyahu will remain prime minister if early elections are called in Israel.

Netanyahu's governing coalition maintains a razor-thin edge as early elections appear more likely. Several Israeli news outlets report that those elections could be held in May if the current government fails to pass a bill to draft ultra-Orthodox Jews in the military.

In addition, there is still discontent over the ceasefire with the terrorist group Hamas, which resulted in the withdrawal of Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and his party from the ruling coalition. And finally there is "Operation Northern Shield," which is aimed at destroying Hezbollah terrorist tunnels along the border with Lebanon.

Rubin, David"It's unlikely that the government will survive until its scheduled election date, which is November of 2019," says David Rubin, the former mayor of the Israeli city of Shiloh. "So it could be that elections will be scheduled before then, perhaps in the spring. But time will tell – and these events in Lebanon and in the Galilee region as well as near the border could play some factor in determining how strong the government remains."

According to Rubin, Netanyahu's chances for remaining prime minister depend on several factors.

"There are all kinds of corruption charges against him. I'm not sure to what extent they could interfere with him remaining in office. [And] it would also take a long time," he acknowledges.

"The prime minister right now will be the candidate for the Likud Party which is Israel's biggest political party. But he is the odds-on favorite to remain prime minister whenever those elections will be held."

Rubin is author of the recently released Trump and the Jews.

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