A veteran conservative activist says the election outcome in Israel remains a “toss-up” but also predicts far-left politicians won’t control government.
Israelis are voting today, the second time in six months, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu forced a “do-over in a last-minute move,” NPR reported in a Monday story.
With pre-election polls predicting a tight race, there is the possibility of another stalemate, with the prime minister and his Likud Party, or the rival Blue and White Party, failing to put together a governing coalition.
Netanyahu has held onto the prime minister post for over a decade but is clouded by three corruption cases that have led his opponents to claim he will seek immunity if he wins re-election.
“I will not need immunity, because the cases against me are collapsing,” Netanyahu told Israeli media over the weekend. “The cases are based on torturing state’s witnesses and gossip.”
Gary Bauer, president of American Values, says the outcome will be tight and observes the prime minister has been a “major figure” in Israeli politics for decades.
“And in free countries like Israel and the United States,” Bauer points out, “people sometimes grow weary or bored with the current leadership."
If in fact Netanyahu loses, Bauer says the “political left” has been weakened in Israeli politics.
“Benjamin Netanyahu's major competitor is somebody who is actually as hard line as he is on many issues,” Bauer tells OneNewsNow. “So most Israelis understand that they cannot be rolling the dice and making moves that perhaps liberals here in the United States want them to make, but moves that could literally cost Israelis their lives."