Israel moving to the right

11 04 2016a

Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s hard right defense minister

Political change in Israel: A major political transformation is, and has been underway in Israel. More people in Israel are now embracing what the press calls “hard right policies”. Even Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak warned of “seeds of fascism” in Israel’s current government, while former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon drew comparisons to 1930s Germany. Some months back ultra-nationalist Avigdor Lieberman was appointed Defense Minister.

Lieberman is the founder and leader of the far-right Yisrael Beiteinu party. He served as Israel’s minister of foreign affairs from 2013 to 2015 and 2009 to 2012.

While serving as the foreign minister in March 2015, Lieberman declared that Palestinian citizens of Israel who are treacherous should be beheaded: “Those who are against us, there’s nothing to be done – we need to pick up an ax and cut off his head,” Lieberman declared at Israel’s “Voting for Democracy –Elections” conference. “Otherwise we won’t survive here.” It was over ten years ago (2003) that thousands of Palestinian prisoners should be drowned in the Dead Sea; he then said he wouldn’t hesitate to provide the buses to take them to the Dead Sea. He never retracted the statement.

Prime Minister Netanyahu has already appointed colleague, far-right ultra-nationalist Ayelet Shaked as justice minister, she recently said:

We see nation-states collapsing all around us: Libya, Syria, Iraq. We do not want another failed state in our neighborhood, which would rapidly turn into a stronghold for terrorists, as we have seen in Gaza. We do not want tunnels to suburbs of Tel Aviv or missiles pointed at Jerusalem.

Some are describing Netanyahu’s coalition government the most right-wing coalition in Israel’s history. Increasingly the electorate in Israel is moving to the right as well. Israelis are becoming deeply concerned about the chaos in the Middle East, a resurgent Iran and a deteriorating Egypt. They grasp the Middle East around them is spinning out of control; at least the “far-right” leaders will protect us—is the reasoning of more and more citizens who often vote for centrist parties, or vote for left leaning parties.

Also fewer people in Israel now support the idea of a Palestinian state. The idea of a 2 state solution is waning. Let me put it this way—the peace camp in Israel use to be quite large–—that group has withered considerably over the last year. Israelis…even those who are in favor of a 2 state solution, are now saying…peace with the Palestinians is simply unrealistic—the Palestinians hate us.

Religious Jews are gaining political power, in part, because they are having more children than the secular families in Israel. Notice the breakdown of Israel’s diverse population: 11 04 2016bWatching the rise of the right in Israel is important. In the not too distant future Israel will build an altar and daily sacrifices will begin once again. It would seem that there must be a religious revival in Israel for sacrifices to be accepted by a majority in the country.

Christ prophesied that “the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, [would be] standing in the holy place” (Matthew 24:15). He was referring to Daniel 11:31, which said: “Then they shall take away the daily sacrifices, and place there the abomination of desolation.” Religious revival means that we will see the “right” in Israel dominate the country. We are not there yet, but we are moving in that direction.

Steven LeBlanc

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