On Monday, Benny Gantz of the Blue and White party was tasked by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin to attempt to bring together a coalition government in the Knesset. He has four weeks to work with the political parties to gather the necessary 61 seats to form a majority in the Knesset.
While Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party received the most votes out of any single party in the March 2 vote, his coalition of right-wing and religious parties only made 58 seats.
On Sunday night, Gantz received the backing of his own party, the far-left parties, Yisrael Beiteinu and, stunningly, the Arab List—which received 15 seats in the election, the most it has ever received.
Prior to the election, Gantz and those in his party said repeatedly that they would not form a coalition with the Arab parties. Known as the Joint List, these Arab parties have Knesset members who are openly hostile to the Jewish nature of Israel and many of them have expressed support for terrorist groups, such as Israel’s enemy Hezbollah.
However, in some sort of temporary alliance of convenience, Gantz has welcomed the Joint List in order to get enough seats to prevent Prime Minister Netanyahu from becoming prime minister again.
Ruthie Blum wrote in her column last week:
It’s not unusual for politicians to renege on campaign promises. But this particular flip-flop was jaw-dropping, both given how immediate it was, and considering the Joint List’s platform, which includes, for example, opposing the Jewish Law of Return while supporting the Palestinians’ “right of return.”
Gantz and the Joint List have said they will only come together for enough time for the Knesset to pass a law that forbids a minister under indictment (Netanyahu) from being prime minister.
After which, the Blue and White coalition would lose the support of the Joint List and would then form a minority government in the Knesset. This would be an extremely weak position to work from and could see Gantz’s government quickly dissolved.
Such an eventuation worries some in Gantz’s party, which is why some of the members of his own party might desert and prevent Gantz from getting 61 seats.
Nevertheless, the truth is now out: Gantz and his cohorts are willing to side with anti-Zionists as long as it means getting rid of Netanyahu.
According to the last election, 48 percent of Israelis essentially voted for Netanyahu to be prime minister. But that doesn’t matter for Blue and White, who are willing to side with people who believe in the destruction of the Jewish nature of the State of Israel, over Netanyahu.
This reveals a shocking level of hatred for Netanyahu. “The willingness to ally with the Joint Arab List demonstrates the extent to which hatred prevails in much of Israeli society,” wrote long-time Israeli commentator Isi Leibler.
United by hatred for Netanyahu, the left has embraced the anti-Zionist Arabs.
But it’s actually more than just a hatred for Netanyahu.
Blue and White’s decision also indicates a shocking revolution in thought among the Israeli left. It used to be that the Israeli left and right all believed that Israel was a Zionist state. They had their differences, but both believed that Israel was and should always be the Jewish state. But not anymore. Now many on the left are what we call “post-Zionist.”
Caroline Glick wrote about this dangerous shift among the left, calling out Blue and White party member Ofer Shelah as one of its chief architects:
This week, with the liberal mass media providing wall-to-wall support for Blue and White’s efforts to form a post-Zionist government dependent on the anti-Zionist Joint List, it appears that over the past 19 years, Shelah’s post-Zionism has moved from the margins to the mainstream. The media’s energetic attempts to defend Blue and White’s efforts show that post-Zionism is the predominant position of the Israeli left.
Could it really be that much of the Jewish media, Jewish academia, Jewish intelligentsia have actually moved so far left that they no longer believe in the fundamental tenants of the Jewish state? Glick seems to think so. This is how she concluded her piece:
We don’t know how Israel’s political Gordian knot, the product of yet another inconclusive election, will be cut. But what is clear enough is that Blue and White’s eagerness to form a coalition dependent on lawmakers who reject Zionism and support terrorists is the consequence of a decades-long process that led to the post-Zionist takeover of the Israeli left. This process will not be reversed by the simple formation of a government, regardless of who leads it, and who supports it.
We will see whether some of the members of the Blue and White party jump ship over Gantz’s decision. It’s true that most of Blue and White voters want to see Netanyahu gone. But probably a large number of them aren’t willing to side with anti-Zionist Arabs to get the job done.
Nevertheless, Blue and White’s decision has exposed just how far the left has gone. It exposes the fight that now exists for the Jewish soul. A fight for the preservation of history upon which Israel was established. And for the continuation of the State of Israel as the Jewish state.
Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben Gurion, wrote: “A Jewish state does not only mean Jewish majority in that state—it also concerns the state’s purpose: It will be a state not only of and for its citizens but a state whose mission is to ingather the exiles and to concentrate and ensconce them in the homeland.”
Unfortunately, there are a lot of Jewish Israelis today who do not agree with Israel’s founder and many more who believe such a statement could be classified as racist.
Israel’s current battle for its identity as exposed by its recent election is eerily similar to the battle taking place in the United States and even in the United Kingdom. It is over the historical roots of the countries—roots that are based in the Bible and God’s promises made to the patriarch Abraham.
This shared heritage is under threat. This is something that Watch Jerusalem editor in chief Gerald Flurry is increasingly drawing attention to.
We will be coming out with a more comprehensive exposé of the root causes for this anti-American, anti-Israel and anti-British trend, but for now, I suggest that you take time to prove that America, Britain and Israel all have a shared history—a history rooted in the Bible. To do that, please request our free book The United States and Britain in Prophecy.