Netanyahu Close to Forming New Government Coalition
Rapture Forum Staff: Chris
Welcome to the latest edition of the Rapture Report. Today we will focus on Benjamin Netanyahu's efforts to form a new Israeli government coalition. Ever since Natanyahu and the right wing parties won the last Israeli general elections, there has been nothing but political turmoil on the political landscape in Israel. Recent reports indicate that Netanyahu desires to form a broad coalition, possibly bringing in the rival Kadima and Labor parties with him. However, the Kadima part led by Livni is making this diffucult by insisting that their demands be met of which include a confirmation of a two-state solution to the Middle East crisis. Netanyahu has not gone along with that at this point.
It is reported that Netanyahu will go along with a narrow right wing government should he not be able to get the Kadima and Labor groups to come to terms with his positions and views. The narrow coalition group would include Likud and Avigdor Lieberman's Yisrael Beiteinu political party as well as numerous other smaller national and religious groups. Netanyahu is very close at this time to agreeing to a coalition government with Lieberman.
Today, we will look at some of the latest news and articles coming out of Israel in regards to the Israel political landscape.
Earlier today the Yedioth Ahronoth news website was reporting that Netanyahu and Lieberman were only a mere hour away from agreeing to a coalition deal. According to the news agency it was reported that:
The Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu parties are scheduled to sign a coalition agreement within the next hour. Representatives of the two parties convened Sunday afternoon in order to work out a deal.
Further, the Haaretz News agency reported that an initial coalition deal had been struck by Natanyahu and Lieberman. The article reports:
Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu was speeding up his coalition negotiations and, close to midnight Sunday, initialed an agreement with Yisrael Beiteinu. Yisrael Beiteinu's Avigdor Lieberman is expected to be appointed foreign minister, while the party's MK Yitzhak Aharonovitch is due to become internal security minister. Yisrael Beiteinu will also receive the tourism, infrastructure and immigrant absorption portfolios, as well as chairmanship of the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, which will headed by MK David Rotem.
However, despite all these reports of a deal being imminent with Lieberman's political gorup the article goes on to further state:
As the initial deadline allowed to Netanyahu to form a government was fast approaching, speculation was rife whether a national unity government was still possible. Sources close to the prime minister-designate said he intends to complete negotiations by Thursday or next Monday at the latest; some sources believe the rush to form a right-wing government might be another means to pull Kadima, and possibly even Labor, into the coalition.
As we can see here Netanyahu is apparently still holding a possibility of a broad coalition being formed with Kadima and Labor. It has been said that Netanyahu would like Barak to be a part of any coalition he forms, possibily due to his military credentials. This would be helpful should Netanyahu order a strike on the Iranian nuclear program.
On the other hand, it is hard to read the situation as there seems to be alot of political posturing going on behind the scences. It appears that there is a chance that Netanyahu is trying to use the imminent coalition deal with Lieberman as a way to pressure Livni and Barak into joining his government, but with possibily less power and/or with concessions on their stated positions. It is no secret that Netanyahu would prefer a broad coalition as opposed to a narrow one, but it is hard to tell which one he will get at this time. One thing is for sure, time is running out or an extension will have to be requested. We need to keep an eye out on the political process as things remain very fluid right now. It appears that anything can happen right now.
In other news, a PressTV article reports that a new CIA report is doubting Israel's survival over the next 20 years. The article states:
A study conducted by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has cast doubt over Israel's survival beyond the next 20 years. The CIA report predicts "an inexorable movement away from a two-state to a one-state solution, as the most viable model based on democratic principles of full equality that sheds the looming specter of colonial Apartheid while allowing for the return of the 1947/1948 and 1967 refugees. The latter being the precondition for sustainable peace in the region." The study, which has been made available only to a certain number of individuals, further forecasts the return of all Palestinian refugees to the occupied territories, and the exodus of two million Israeli - who would move to the US in the next fifteen years.
As we can see, there are many threats to Israel today besides Iran. Israel is increasingly getting to the point where they will be forced to call out to God as their enemies surround them and use the "land for peace" process as a means to destroy them or at least weaken them to the point of inviting attack.
Another Israel National News article today points out that Israel's enemies have acquired 50,000 rockets that are capable of being launched against Israel should conflict break out again. The article reports:
Hamas and Hizbullah terrorists have amassed an arsenal of 50,000 rockets aimed at Israel, United Press International (UPI) has reported. Israel still has no defense against the threat, and the government’s highly touted Iron Dome short-range missile defense system is far from being in operation and may not even be practical. “Even if Iron Dome works perfectly, it is never going to have the firepower in interceptors to credibly intercept most, let alone all,” of the rockets, according to the UPI report.
Israel has surely set themselves up in a bad situation with the stockpiles of weapons on their borders. Israel's lack of motivation and desire to rid herself of this threat has only allowed her enemies to continue with their evil plans. Israel has participated in this evil "land for peace" type of appeasement that has only made their matters worse. Israel is tired of fighting and genuinely seeks to live in peace with her neighbors, but that can not be said about them. They continue to plot and plan against the Israelis.
As a result, there seems to be a never ending flow of bad news coming from the Middle East in regards to Israel. But despite this, we can take comfort in knowing that God's chosen people will miraculously survive the evil plans of their enemies. The God of Israel never sleeps nor slumbers when it comes to Israel.
Let us continue to pray for Israel and for the peace of Jerusalem.