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Benjamin Netanyahu should continue as Israeli Prime Minister until (and after) the election

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It’s funny how American and Israeli politics often mirror each other. Just as the President of the United States faces prolonged investigations that have yielded charges and prosecutions of the people around him in an effort to tie him to the type of charges that can remove him from office or derail his reelection campaign, so too is the Prime Minister of Israel contending with multiple prolonged investigations and now an indictment ahead of his reelection bid less than two months from now.

President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu are both facing “witch hunts,” in their words, and both have serious challenges to their reelection bids as a result.

Just as I support the conservative movement in the United States, so to do I support the conservative movement in Israel. It’s integral to the security of our greatest ally that they maintain a right-leaning perspective in governance that prevents them from succumbing to the United Nations’ incessant drive to dismantle the Jewish state. But it’s important to regard every situation with a sober understanding that flawed men in power will always be the case. Just as President Trump has many, many flaws, so too does Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Does that mean we must support them through their flaws? In some ways, the answer is yes. Here in America, the damage President Trump has done to the moral fabric of the nation is equal to the damage his predecessor did to the ethical core of America. I am not a fan of President Trump, but I recognize he has delivered on some important policies that his alternative would not have done, including cutting taxes, slicing bureaucracy, and moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.

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There are two reasons why Israelis need to give Netanyahu the same acceptance I’ve given President Trump. First, he’s indicted, not convicted. Calls for him to step down now are ludicrous because an indictment alone is not an indicator of wrongdoing. Second, the alternative to his leadership and the right-wing coalition that backs him is nothing short of suicide for the Jewish state. The perspectives of the left in Israel are not far off from the perspectives of the left in America. The situations are different. The labels are different. But both variations of the left desire a homogenization of their respective nations into a global community that will never benefit us.

Just as the left would tear down America’s sovereignty and annihilate our economy, so too would the left in Israel dismantle the nation’s security and plunge it into untenable situations both militarily and economically.

The charges against Netanyahu are serious, perhaps more serious than what’s being investigated around President Trump. There is a need for justice to be served, but Israel must recognize that justice should only be served if there truly were major crimes committed. Israel’s left is attempting to take down a strong leader for the sake of political expediency. The indictments alone should not be enough to sway votes away from him.

The Israel elections are on April 9. There is no reason for Netanyahu to step down before then. When the elections are held, it’s important that the Israeli people keep him as their Prime Minister. Their very existence as a nation is at stake.

 


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Here’s hoping there’s a plan we don’t know about with North Korea

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Heres hoping theres a plan we dont know about with North Korea

In a move that many, including supporters on the right, are calling a move of weakness, the President reversed the Treasury Department’s additional sanctions on North Korea.

My Take

I’m just not sure what to make of this. I understand many have been concerned about how nicely the President has treated Kim Jong un, but I’ve always felt there was some sort of plan happening behind the scenes that would justify it. Now, I’m not so sure.

This move emboldens Kim to continue avoiding any compromise on his nuclear weapons program. It tells him and the rest of the world President Trump isn’t going to be playing hardball and intends to coax the North Korean dictator into signing some sort of agreement before the 2020 elections.

Dare I say, this seems very Obamaesque? Where’s the hardball? Where’s the threats against Rocketman? If there’s some sort of 4D chess being played in the background, I seriously hope we see it in play soon. This is a strange move.

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Mike Pompeo responds to Venezuela, Biden’s world tour, Hezbollah, and Israel

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Mike Pompeo responds to Venezuela Bidens world tour Hezbollah and Israel

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appeared on Fox News last night to talk to Shannon Bream about the tumultuous state of affairs around the world and how the United States is handling them.

First, he discussed Venezuela and recent developments where Nicolas Maduro’s regime has essentially framed members of Juan Guaido’s team in an effort to jail and stop the opposition to his presidency there. The Secretary of State said they would hold Maduro’s regime accountable for their actions, but would not elaborate on how U.S. intervention in the poverty-torn nation would manifest.

He jabbed at potential Democratic 2020 candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden, who is being allegedly courted by world leaders to run for the White House in hopes he could bring back proper relations. As Pompeo noted, our relations with world leaders is in a current state of positive action despite the President’s harsh stance with many of them.

As for Hezbollah, Pompeo said the U.S. would press Lebanon for the sake of its people to facilitate change from the anti-Israel, anti-American Hezbollah rule that has basically made the nation a pawn for Iran.

As for the Israel front. where Pompeo was speaking from, he said calls by people like Beto O’Rourke and others to undermine the conservative base shared by the United States and Israel would not help the situation. Only through the President’s peace plan can the Middle East move forward, according to Pompeo.

My Take

Until the Venezuelan government asks directly for help, there should be no action by the United States other than aid for the people. This is an internal affair. Just because the leadership is challenged doesn’t make it our problem. If there was ever a time when the United Nations should flex its puny muscles, that time is now and the place is Venezuela.

Any foreign leaders calling on Biden to replace Trump are doing so because they do not want the United States to continue to maintain and improve upon its position of strength on the world stage. They prefer the good ol’ days under President Obama when the United States was a pawn for many other nations.

Hezbollah must go. That’s not to say we need to be involved with that, but Lebanon will never be free and prosperous as long as they’re the proxy for Iran.

Lastly, the Secretary of State seemed to be echoing a notion that the President would push for a 2-state solution. If that’s the case, it’s a huge mistake. Otherwise, Pompeo is correct in asserting the backwards notions of the Democrats lashing out against President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu.

We’re in a time when foreign affairs are starting to take center stage. Yes, we have problems of our own, but to ignore the growing threats abroad would be a mistake. It’s good the administration is handling these issues.

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Kudos to the President for calling on the U.S. to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights

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Kudos to the President for calling on the US to recognize Israels sovereignty over the Golan Heights

It’s always hard to tell where the administration may be going following policy Tweets from the President. He’s been known to say one thing, then the administration slowly shifts reality away from the initial intent of the Tweet. On the other hand, many of his Tweets have turned into policy. It’s just a matter of waiting and seeing what the official word from the White House is.

In this case, it’s the President’s bold declaration that the Golan Heights, considered by enemies of Israel to be disputed territory, is actually sovereign Israeli land. As he noted in the Tweet, this is long overdue.

Considering the stances the President has been taking on Twitter this week with sustained attacks on George Conway and John McCain, this is a breath of fresh air. If Israel ever gave up he Golan Heights, they would be losing one of the most important strategic areas through which enemy militaries could easily become entrenched and launch attacks that would be difficult for Israel to counter. While the IDF enjoys technological advances over their enemies, terrain and proximity are still major factors in the defense of their lands. The Golan Heights represents a piece of land that must never be given easy access to their enemies.

There’s one important caveat to the kudos I’m giving the President. If it turns out acknowledgement of the Golan Heights as sovereign territory is used as a precursor to asking Israel to give up the West Bank in a Middle East peace agreement, then it’s a whole other situation entirely. Just as giving up the Golan Heights would make Israel a very easy target, so too would the idea of a two state solution that grants “Palestine” control over the West Bank.

If the motives are pure, this is a great move. If this is an early olive branch, it’s dangerous.

Israel’s control of the Golan Heights is absolutely essential to its security. The lands just south would be completely indefensible if the United Nations ever got its way and the Golan Heights fell under control of Israel’s enemies.

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