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Knesset Upheaval

For the Israeli public and political leaders, elections to the Knesset on March 17 isn’t the end of the suspense. It may take days or weeks for us to have a new government, to know who will actually be Prime Minister.

Unlike the American political system and many other countries, counting the votes doesn’t tell us what we really need to know. It just lets us all know how many MKs each party will have and which parties will be in the Knesset.


The Prime Minister needs to control more than sixty 60 MKs to have a ruling coalition. None of the parties will come close. That means they have to make deals with others. I have no doubt that the party heads have been negotiating all along. The question is which party’s leader, Likud or Labor can cajole and control sufficient MKs.

As much as I hate the idea of the Bobbsey twins, Herzog-Livni to succeed, I really wouldn’t mind hearing Bibi Netanyahu opposing their plans, which are too similar to things he would do in power. I am one who hasn’t forgotten that it has only been the Likud to give up our holy land and destroy Jewish communities. The Likud has traditionally been its best in opposition. I sincerely hope and pray that if Bibi and Likud and Bayit Yehudi’s Bennett are in the opposition they will use the opportunity to get more strongly Right. Herozg-Livni will discover that making the changes they have threatened to do will be much more difficult that they wish.

Time will tell.

Remember that in a democracy the people get the government they, the majority, the idiots, yes, all of us deserve.


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Batya Medad blogs at Shiloh Musings.


  1. But we must never forget the words of the Bible: “Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save…Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God” (Psalm 146: 3, 5). I don’t believe this verse encourages cynical mistrust of all those in power as much as it admonishes us that divine power is infinitely greater than human power. Often, we look to our worldly leaders for every solution, while forgetting the One who is all-powerful; we look at the loss by the political candidate we favor as the ultimate catastrophe, while forgetting that God is still sovereign over the world and all that is in it.

    As Israelis prepare to head to the polls – and as Americans begin to prepare for their own elections in 2016 – let us all give thanks to God for the blessing of living under democratic political systems. There are so many today living under oppressive rule who do not enjoy that blessing. And, at the same time, never forget that political systems rise and fall like all works of man, and that true freedom is found in acting in faith and courage, trusting in God, and acknowledging His sovereignty and dominion over our lives.

    With prayers for shalom, peace,
    Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein

  2. Between wars, outside threats and inside struggles, elections seem to fall too low on the scale of important issues, so for now we continue as usual.

    Whatever choice we make next Tuesday, may the Lord bless the State of Israel and her people!

    Please PRAY for our country as we are electing new leaders next week.

    PRAY for the Lord to have mercy and give us strong, selfless, sincere, courageous and honest government, which will put Israel and her people ahead of their own ambitions.

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