World News: After an Unprecedented Three Elections Israel Finally has a Government

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After 500-Day deadlock and three unprecedented elections in one year, the Netanyahu-Benny Gantz Unity Government begins with Netanyahu sworn in as the Prime Minster with the transfer of power to former rival Benny Gantz scheduled for 2022.

The two will move forward with a Unity Government, after neither party had been able to establish a majority government.


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"Gantz will start out as defense minister, with party colleague and fellow retired military chief Gabi Ashkenazi serving as foreign minister. Netanyahu's top deputy in Likud, outgoing Foreign Minister Israel Katz, will become finance minister. Yariv Levin, perhaps Netanyahu's closest ally, will become the new parliament speaker. The coalition will also include a pair of ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties and some other individual defectors to add up to 73 out of parliament's 120 member," Politico reported.

Here with us to examine what this means for Israel and the United States is David Rubin, former Mayor of Shiloh, Israel and author of the book, "Trump and the Jews," and an expert on the soon-to-be-annexed regions within The West Bank (Samaria and Judea).

Q: Is this Unity Government a good or bad thing for Israel and the world?

A: At least initially it is a good thing since Bibi Netanyahu and President Trump and their top advisers work well together. Time will tell how what the relationship will be like between a Benny Gantz and whomever is the U.S. President 18 months from now, if and when Gantz begins his turn as Israeli Prime Minister. 

Q: How is it possible for Netanyahu to continue to be Prime Minister while under indictment—have they dropped the indictment?


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A: There is no law on the books in Israel preventing a Prime Minister from holding elected office while under indictment. We believe that the accused is innocent until proven guilty.

Q: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is pretty high up the food chain in world affairs. Why did he make the last-minute trip to Israel, even during the Coronavirus pandemic? 

A: Israel and the United States are close allies and the cooperation between our two countries has increased exponentially during the Trump administration. President Trump and Secretary Pompeo understand that Israel is a U.S. ally and the only democracy in the Middle East where there are many threats to American interests and to those in the free world.


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A: Like what for instance? 

Q: Like Iran. Despite the fact that the radical Islamic regime has been hit hard by the coronavirus, they have not slowed down the pace of their race for the nuclear bomb and weapons programs nor their support for international terrorism. These are serious threats to Israel and to American interests, and these threats have not been erased by the coronavirus. What has become a more serious issue is the China issue and Pompeo is sharing American concerns about Chinese attempts to make espionage inroads through the Israeli economy.

Q: Which West Bank regions are to be annexed, when, why, and how it will impact Israel, the U.S. and the world?

A: Samaria including Shiloh, the ancient capital of Israel where I served as mayor, and also to be annexed is Judea.


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Q: Your book, "Trump and the Jews," discusses many of these issues that affect our two countries. Where can our viewers/listeners get a copy?

A: They can go to my website, www.DavidRubinIsrael.com or just go to Amazon and type in the words "Trump and the Jews."

 

Bio: David Rubin, former Mayor of Shiloh Israel, is the author of the book, "Trump and the Jews" and five other books. Rubin is the founder and president of Shiloh Israel Children's Fund, established after he and his then three-year-old son were wounded in a terror attack. He can be found at www.DavidRubinIsrael.com or at http://www.ShilohIsraelChildren.org   

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