Netanyahu Chosen to Form New Israeli Government
Rapture Forum Staff: Chris
Welcome to the latest edition of the Rapture Report. This edition of the Rapture Report will focus on the recent decision by Israeli President Shimon Peres to ask hard-line Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu to form the next Israeli government. As we all know, the recent Israeli elections the previous week resulted in the right wing parties gaining the upper hand on the left-leaning parties headed by Kadima leader Tzipi Livni. Even though Kadima was the largest vote winner in the elction, there was virtually no chance of the left-leaning Kadima party being able to form a governing coalition. In fact, Livni's failure to form a governing coalition when current PM Olmert stepped down was precisely the reason why the recent elections were carried out. It appears that Netanyahu will be tasked with the responsibility and first shot at forming a working coalition.
The FoxNews is reporting on the current decision by Peres. The news agency goes on to report:
Israeli President Shimon Peres chose hard-line Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu to form a new Israeli government on Friday, ending days of speculation and giving Netanyahu six weeks to put together a ruling coalition.
Further, the article states:
The question now is whether Netanyahu will form a narrow government with his hard-line allies or a broad government along with his centrist rival, Kadima Party leader Tzipi Livni. His choice will have serious ramifications for the Mideast peace process.
During the days before Peres' decision, there has been a whirlwind of speculation across the political landscape of possible coalitions being formed. From far right coalitions being led by Netanyahu and Lieberman to middle of the road coalitions between Likud and Kadima. Some offers included a sharing of Prime Minister duties between Livni and Netanyahu should the two largest political parties join together in forming a new coalition. Whatever ends up happening, there is certainly a lot of jockeying going on behind the scenes in the Israeli political landscape. Right now it appears though that Netanyahu is in the driver's seat.
In other news, the Israel National News is reporting that Netanyahu is prepared to make Kadima leader Tzipi Livni an offer of senior minister appointments and veto power in a future unity government should she decide to join the Likud led government. However, it is also reported that Kadima member Shaul Mofaz and nine other elected Kadima party members may split from Kadima and join Likud anyway regardless of what Livni decides. From the INN article:
According to Yoav Yitzchak of News1, Shaul Mofaz and nine other elected Knesset members from Kadima’s list may not follow Livni into the opposition and could split off from Kadima to form their own faction, which would then join Netanyahu’s government. Binyamin Netanyahu is still hoping to convince Kadima and Labor to join his coalition and would reportedly like to see Livni and Labor chief Ehud Barak continue in their current capacities as Foreign Minister and Defense Minister, respectively. Livni agreed to meet Netanyahu on Sunday after he phoned her Friday.
But it is also reported that Livni is currently balking at this offer and threatening to join the opposition. The article continues:
According to reports from sources in Kadima, Livni will not join Netanyahu’s government unless he agrees to rotation in the Prime Minister’s Office. Netanyahu opposes such a deal. Livni sent a cellphone text message to about 80,000 Kadima activists Thursday in which she declared that Likud’s overtures for unity were unacceptable because “the path of such a government is not our own and we have nothing to look for there. You didn't vote for us in order to provide a kosher certificate for a right-wing government, and we need to provide an alternative of hope from the opposition."
So, as we can see the drama on the political ground in Israel continues to heat up and there appears to be no end in sight at this time. Netanyahu will be given 6 weeks time to form a new coalition to lead the next Israeli government. In the meantime, we can expect more of the same on the political landscape as it applies to jockeying for positions. It would appear to me that alot of the manuevers on the ground are simply plays for power and influence. While forming a broad coalition would be ideal, Natanyahu can probably get by with a far right coalition made up of right wing and religious parties. What ultimately happens remains to be seen. However the chips fall on the political ground, there are serious tasks facing the new government including dealing with a nuclear Iran and the ongoing "peace" process with the Palestinians.
It is in times like these that we need to pray for Israel and that God's Will is done in the forming of the next government. We know from the Bible that serious times are coming down the road for Israel. Israel will need solid and sound leadership in order to help her deal with the current threats as well as future ones.
Students of Bible Prophecy should be particularly interested in the current political situation in Israel because a strong right wing government led by religious groups opposed to giving away the Holy Land will certainly setup a showdown with the Islamic enemies of Israel. This is especially true as it relates to the current nuclear Iran issue. Time is clearly running out to act on Iran. A strong right wing government is more likely to act on the Iran situation and this could of course lead us to the Ezekiel 38-39 prophecy where a Russian led Moslem coalition attacks Israel in the last days. It is my opinion that we need to stay sober and keep watching the situation on the ground in Israel.