Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page yesterday afternoon:
Congratulations, Prime Minister Netanyahu. Thank you to the good people of Israel for supporting a leader who will stand up and fight for all the free world while other leaders sit down. The Heartland of America will sleep better knowing Bibi remains the voice of reason and strength in the beautiful nation of Israel; for when Israel is safe, we are safe.
– Sarah Palin
We at SPIB join Governor Palin and many others who love Israel in congratulating Prime Minister Netanyahu on his reelection. The closeness of the exit polls had many of us worried that a left-leaning politician could take office who could be manipulated by the Obama administration to give up more of Israel’s land, a move which would have greatly endangered Israel. In fact, Obama had dispatched his former campaign officials to make that happen and even funded one of the participating entities through State Department grants. However, Obama and his henchmen were no match for Israel’s God, who delivered the Israelites out of the hands of Haman and has given them many victories in battle in both recent and biblical times.
There has been much speculation about how such a resounding victory could happen after polls just before the election were showing Netanyahu losing ground. Some have credited it to a shift to the right when he promised there would be no Palestinian state. What he actually did was align himself with God’s plans for Israel and the Abrahamic covenant in which God set the boundaries of Israel. Perhaps that is what God was waiting for before He stepped in to enable Bibi to achieve such a decisive victory out of near defeat.
Rabbi Naphtali “Tuly” Weisz at Breaking Israel News explains it like this:
Analysis: Thank God for Bibi
God helped, and Bibi Netanyahu stunned his opponents, winning a shocking 30 seats in Tuesday’s historic Israeli election. It seems it was destiny; the name Benjamin means “son of my right hand”, while Netanyahu is Hebrew for “God gave.”
With Left Wing pollsters prematurely predicting Netanyahu’s defeat by falling to 20 seats, Netanyahu’s 30 seat victory is nothing short of miraculous.
What caused Netanyahu’s sudden turn around?
On Monday of this week, the prime minister reversed his position on Palestinian statehood and strongly rejected the possibility of a two-state solution on his watch.
In a televised interview with Israeli news site NRG, Netanyahu said that Israel was facing increasing pressure to return to its indefensible 1967 borders by agreeing to a peace deal.
“I think that whoever today moves to establish a Palestinian state and withdraw from territory is giving attack territory for Islamic extremists against the state of Israel,” Netanyahu stated. “Whoever ignores that is burying his head in the sand.”
Asked if that meant that Israel will never agree to a Palestinian state if he wins a fourth term on Tuesday, Netanyahu responded, “Indeed.”
Back in 2009 and buckling to international pressure, Netanyahu agreed to a Palestinian state. This week’s reversal turns the course on more than five years of official Israeli government policy.
In recent years, religious observers decried the Israeli government’s support for Palestinian statehood.
“For the past several months there have been ongoing diplomatic negotiations centering on the demand to give up additional parts of the land of Israel. The Prime Minister is now under additional pressure to agree to further withdrawals, God forbid,” a group of rabbis wrote in a public statement 2013, urging Israelis to pray.
In 2012, another group of Israeli rabbis met with the EU Ambassador to Israel and explained that the “majority of rabbis in Israel and abroad are of the opinion that it is absolutely forbidden, according to Jewish law, to give up an inch of the Promised Land to the Arabs,” as noted by Arutz Sheva.
The close nature of this week’s election caused the prime minister to rethink his political positions and reasses his Biblical values.
Standing on the contested Har Homa in Jerusalem this week, Netanyahu boldly declared, “My friends and I in the Likud will keep Jerusalem united in all its parts, and we will keep fortifying it so that dividing it will not be possible and it will always remain united. We will keep developing our eternal capital.”
Although not a religiously observant Jew, Prime Minister Netanyahu deeply connects with the Bible and his role in Jewish history.
In returning to Biblical truth this week, Netanyahu received the trust of the Jewish nation.
By reaffirming his unyielding support for an undivided Jerusalem and refusal to give up even one inch of the Land that God gave to the Jewish people, Netanyahu seemed to have sealed his fate for another term.
Hana Levi Julian at The Jewish Press writes about Prime Minister Netanyahu’s trip to the Western Wall immediately after his victory announcement.
PM Netanyahu’s Prayer of Thanks at Western Wall for Historic VictoryPublished: March 18th, 2015
Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel / Flash 90 Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu took his family and went straight to the Western Wall in his first post-election public appearance Wednesday to say a prayer of thanks for the resounding victory of his Likud party.
The Likud garnered 30 mandates out of 120 seats in the Knesset; Netanyahu’s closest rival, Isaac Herzog, won 24 mandates with his Zionist Union coalition merger with Tzipi Livni.
Netanyahu is the first Israeli prime minister since David Ben Gurion to be re-elected for a fourth term. He also is well aware of who is really in charge: Netanyahu also made sure to head for the Western Wall just prior to leaving for the United States to deliver his historic address to the U.S. Congress in Washington DC — the only head of state ever to address America’s legislators three times, other than Winston Churchill.
Netanyahu told media who were present for his post-electoral visit to the Western Wall on Wednesday that he was moved by the responsibility that he felt was placed upon his shoulders.
“Here in this place I am awed by the historical significance of a people renewing itself in its homeland after 4,000 years. I am moved by the weight of responsibility that the people of Israel have placed upon my shoulders and appreciate the decision of Israeli citizens to choose me and my colleagues against all odds.
“I would like to say that I will do everything in my power to care of the welfare and security of all Israeli citizens,” he added.
Netanyahu was accompanied to the Wall by his wife Sarah.
Last night (March 17) during his victory speech at Likud campaign headquarters in Tel Aviv, Netanyahu said, “Reality is not waiting for us. The citizens of Israel expect us to quickly put together a leadership that will work for them regarding security, economy and society as we committed to do – and we will do so.”
Ben Shapiro at Breitbart News writes about the lessons that American conservatives can learn from Netanyahu’s leadership.
5 Lessons US Conservatives Should Learn From Netanyahu——————————17 Mar 2015——————————-
On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won re-election according to the latest vote counts, defeating not just his domestic leftist opposition, but the President of the United States in a public stand-off that had the President sending emissaries to Israel to try and oust Netanyahu. The victory represented a stunning turnaround for Netanyahu, whose Likud Party trailed significantly in the polls in the days leading up to the election.
How Netanyahu shifted the narrative in Israel makes for a compelling political case study in principle over prevarication. Netanyahu overcame a highly-publicized domestic scandal involving allegedly ordering some $2,700 worth of ice cream to the official residence, and exceeding his household budget by approximately a million shekel. He overcame inflation against the dollar that jacked up prices of goods in the weeks leading up to the election, and inflated real estate prices over the course of the last six years. He overcame foreign money injected into the campaign.
How? He employed five key tactics — tactics from which American conservatives could learn:
Build Around a Personality. Netanyahu’s speech before Congress was the latest indicator that he was a world leader ready to face down the most powerful people in the world, including Iran and its new friends in the Obama administration. While many Israelis said they didn’t want Netanyahu as prime minister, they preferred him over his rivals in every poll for months before the election by a wide margin. In the late days of the campaign, Netanyahu campaigned openly on the idea that conservatives ought to vote for his party in order to elevate him personally. By positioning himself as a major international presence, Netanyahu placed himself in admirable political position. There is danger to this strategy: it allows the opposition to focus on you personally. But voters vote for people, not for ideas.
Don’t Back Down From A Fight. Netanyahu’s U.S. ambassador, Ron Dermer, knew that Netanyahu was dramatically at odds with President Obama over Obama’s pending nuclear arms deal with Iran. When Dermer negotiated an appearance by Netanyahu before a joint session of Congress with Speaker of the House John Boehner, and Obama retaliated by refusing to see Netanyahu, Netanyahu did not apologize or back down. Instead, he silently embraced the face-off with President Obama, who foolishly elevated Netanyahu by using the media to slam Netanyahu repeatedly. Netanyahu, meanwhile, steadfastly stated that he would use any opportunity, particularly one before the most powerful legislature in the world, to lay out the case against a “bad deal” with Iran. The American media went berserk; the Israeli left media went insane, suggesting that Netanyahu had permanently damaged Israeli-American relations. The polls stated that the speech could actually hurt Netanyahu domestically. Netanyahu went anyway. The result: a boost in the polls and a decline for Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog.
Energize The Grassroots. The day before the election, Netanyahu stated that he would never support the establishment of a Palestinian state. This has long been Likud’s platform, but Netanyahu, after taking the prime ministership, had made noises about embracing the possibility of a Palestinian state. Many suspected that he embraced the possibility knowing that it was practically impossible, given the character of Israel’s enemies. But now, Netanyahu left nothing to chance: he wanted his supporters to know precisely where he stood. “I think that anyone who is going to establish a Palestinian state today and evacuate lands is giving attack grounds to radical Islam against the state of Israel,” he stated. “There is a real threat here that a left-wing government will join the international community and follow its orders.”
Call Out The Opposition. On election day, Netanyahu let loose with a video explaining that “The right-wing government is in danger. Arab voters are going en masse to the polls. Left-wing NGOs are bringing them on buses.” The Joint Arab List made a similar announcement earlier in the day, stating that by 11 a.m., a full 10 percent of eligible Arabs had voted, as opposed to 3 percent in the last election cycle. The left media went totally crazy over this statement, with the Huffington Post labeling Netanyahu a racist. Of course, the left media also totally neglected to mention that the parties that comprise the Joint Arab List, which carries nearly all of the Arab votes in the elections, openly condemn the existence of the Jewish State, side with Hamas, and support the abolition of Israel entirely. Just days ago, the head of the campaign team said that Hamas was not a terrorist group and suggested that ISIS had taken a page from “the Zionist movement.” Imagine if America had a party dedicated to its destruction and openly allied with Osama Bin Laden in that goal. That is the Joint Arab List, and the Labor party and its allies relied heavily on it to get out the vote for the left. All three major Arab parties comprising the Joint Arab List have been banned from elections in the past. Netanyahu drove out his base to stop the rise of the Joint Arab List, and he was justified in doing so.
Stick To Your Issue. Netanyahu doggedly stuck to national security in this election cycle. While his opposition complained about rent and living expenses, Netanyahu pointed out again and again that his opponents were simply incapable of leading the nation through a time of security crisis. In one of his campaign commercials, Netanyahu posed as a babysitter — the only babysitter you’d trust with your children. Shocked parents asked him why he was there. “It’s either me,” Netanyahu said, “or Tzipi and Buji.” One of the parents responded, “Buji? Our children will have to take care of him! By the time we get home, we won’t have a house left!” As for Livni, Netanyahu stated, “By the time you get back, she’ll have moved on to the neighbors.” Netanyahu concluded, “This election, you will choose who will care for our children. This election, Likud is the only choice!”
Here are a few of the many tweets congratulating Netanyahu or commenting on his victory. (See more here.)
Congratulations to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu on his major victory in yesterday’s election.
The Israeli people have spoken and re-elected PM
@Netanyahu. Let’s pray as the Bible instructs—for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6).
Why is Pres Obama not making the congratulatory call today to PM Netanyahu?
College Republicans congratulate Mr. Prime Minister
@netanyahu on his re-election!
HEADS TO WESTERN WALL; PLACES NOTE… http://drudge.tw/1x0R3tT
Netanyahu wakes up to shock election victory: If anyone asks you what evidence you have that there is a G-d, m… http://bit.ly/1DAlKZh
“A great victory”:
@netanyahu scores decisive win in Israeli election: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/03/18/netanyahu-achieves-great-victory-in-israeli-election/ …
Congratulations, Prime Minister Netanyahu. Thank you to the good people of Israel for supporting a leader who… http://fb.me/1zsaeJTeF
Netanyahu wins. Obama loses. The Lord is good.
Looks like Netanyahu overcame the polls, his opponent, European leftists and Obama to win re-election today http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2015/03/17/st-patricks-day-miracle-in-israel-netanyahu-comes-from-behind-to-win/ …
@netanyahu victory and the Obama defeat, thank God — literally.
Retweet in support of an undivided Jerusalem!
This is a great victory for our nation. I’m proud of people of Israel who in the moment of truth knew what was important.
BIBI WINS, BARRY LOSES http://fb.me/1EyGTb3RH
Leader of Free World remains Leader of Free World. MT
@netanyahu Against all odds:a great victory for the Likud. A major victory…
@netanyahu declaring victory? see his tweet
Against all odds:a great victory for the Likud. A major victory for the people of Israel!
And last, but not least, here are two celebrity videos endorsing Bibi Netanyahu that were released just before the election.