Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Question: Will we let Obama choose our Prime Minister?

...So, the first thing that will be decided this week is whether we are willing to risk the relative stability we have experienced amidst a sea of instability by electing untried and largely incompetent leadership....And the second thing that will be decided this week is whether we are willing to risk allowing the standing US president to decide who should lead our government and what path we will take in the coming years.

Paula R. Stern..
A Soldier's Mother..
15 March '15..

There are two things that we will decide on Tuesday. The first is, to some extent, where Israel will go in the next few years, and what Israel will do. The second is who will be the one to decide this.

Under Netanyahu, the world sees us as strong and even proud. As he stood before the US Congress, Netanyahu told the world - for the first time in 100 generations, WE can defend ourselves.

He has led this nation to war - twice - rather than allow our southern residents to continue to be bombarded with rockets. Say what you will about Netanyahu but the fact is that Israel's southern residents aren't staying within 15 seconds of a bomb shelter right now; people in Ashkelon and Ashdod and Beersheva are not glancing nervously at the skies above us.

With Netanyahu, our enemies know that we will respond if threatened. Our security will not be in the hands of the Americans and Europeans but in the hands of our army, our sons and daughters. Under Netanyahu, the Iron Dome has been expanded, strengthened, spread far and wide as needed. As much as it protects, it stands as one of our most powerful deterrents because Netanyahu has used it properly. He did not worry about our northern enemies misinterpreting our move when we put an Iron Dome there and he didn't hesitate to bring it to Jerusalem to protect our skies. He didn't hesitate and he didn't ask permission from Obama or anyone else.

Our economy is doing well - no, not great, but much better than most other places. Under Netanyahu, our foreign relations have improved with important markets such as India and China. Sitting over Shabbat with the Chabad Rabbi in Bangalore, I was told how the Prime Minister of India came to the Israel booth to honor its grand opening at the recent Air Show - a major event that happens every other year and attracts millions. The Prime Minister came to Israel's display area - not to that of the US and most other countries. He has proven himself again and again as a friend to both Israel and the Jews who live in his country.

The Jews in India, though few in number, are safe and protected, unlike those in most of Europe. A store promoting Nazism and Hitler opened in Bangalore recently...and was closed within 24 hours. Jewish homes, synagogues, and cemeteries are protected and honored.


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