Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel / Flash 90
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu prays at the Western Wall. (March 18, 2015)

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu took his family and went straight to the Western Wall in his first post-election public appearance Wednesday to say a prayer of thanks for the resounding victory of his Likud party.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara go to the Western Wall following an historic fourth landslide win at the polls.

The Likud garnered 30 mandates out of 120 seats in the Knesset; Netanyahu’s closest rival, Isaac Herzog, won 24 mandates with his Zionist Union coalition merger with Tzipi Livni.

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Netanyahu is the first Israeli prime minister since David Ben Gurion to be re-elected for a fourth term. He also is well aware of who is really in charge: Netanyahu also made sure to head for the Western Wall just prior to leaving for the United States to deliver his historic address to the U.S. Congress in Washington DC — the only head of state ever to address America’s legislators three times, other than Winston Churchill.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu prepares to place a note in the Western Wall.

Netanyahu told media who were present for his post-electoral visit to the Western Wall on Wednesday that he was moved by the responsibility that he felt was placed upon his shoulders.

“Here in this place I am awed by the historical significance of a people renewing itself in its homeland after 4,000 years. I am moved by the weight of responsibility that the people of Israel have placed upon my shoulders and appreciate the decision of Israeli citizens to choose me and my colleagues against all odds.

“I would like to say that I will do everything in my power to care of the welfare and security of all Israeli citizens,” he added.

Netanyahu was accompanied to the Wall by his wife Sarah.

Last night (March 17) during his victory speech at Likud campaign headquarters in Tel Aviv, Netanyahu said, “Reality is not waiting for us. The citizens of Israel expect us to quickly put together a leadership that will work for them regarding security, economy and society as we committed to do – and we will do so.”

The Likud said in a separate statement that it is talking with the Bayit Yehudi party led by Naftali Bennett, as well as with Kulanu, the party led by former Likud member Moshe Kahlon, and the hareidi-religious parties.

The prime minister was clear during the campaign in stating his belief that recent history shows it is no longer in Israel’s best interests to support the establishment of an independent Palestinian Authority state. Netanyahu is therefore intent on building a right-wing government coalition that holds similar views.

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51 COMMENTS

  1. God has already authored history. He places leaders and rulers in their place. To see PM Netanyahu lift his prayers to heaven is a stark reminder of what a leader can be under the direction and power of God. This victory is an answer to prayer by people all over the world. May Israel continue to live in safety under the protective wing of our Almighty God.
    #istandwithisrael

  2. I have been heartened and touched to see both Bibi and her Herzog went to Wall before and Bibi after the election. Back on the day the idea of the leaders of either of these parties making a religious gesture would have been anathema . They were both secular parties who didn’t do G-d!!

  3. President Obama doesn't take loss well. He usually has to get back or even. I wouldn't be surprised if the next time the U.N. wants Israel to go back to the 1967 borders he refuses to veto it. He and Valarie Jarrett, an Iranian, want Israel gone. Our present government may not like Israel, but the Christians in America love Israel and her people.

  4. It warms my heart to see him go to the Wall to thank G_d. That alone says much about his character, heart and intentions for Israel. Wish we could clone him and put him as president in our American White House.

  5. God bless Israel and PM Netanyahu, as well as guide him in his footsteps. As an American living in the northeast I couldn't help but notice that with Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech before congress in early March we had a rare warm-up from one of the coldest winters on record, and rain began to fall in drought stricken California. With his return to Israel the intense cold returned in the east and drought resumed in the west. It's as if God's blessings came with the Prime Minister for the short time he graced our country.

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