Op/Ed: The solution to Israel's Election Problem: Netanyahu should stay Prime Minister and make Avigdor Liberman Deputy Prime Minister

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The September elections in Israel were not much different than the April elections. Each a statistical tie with neither Benny nor Benjamin willing to join forces so it led to this election which was the essentially same result.

Clearly neither Ben has a sole mandate, although the Right (without Liberman) has 12 more Jewish party seats than the Left (without Liberman) which needs the Arab parties to reach that number, proving that a clear majority of Israeli Jewish voters are Right-wing. So, what’s a politician to do?


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Easy, stop being a politician and be a statesman.

Here’s the natural solution: Prime Minister Netanyahu should offer a Deputy Prime Minister position to his ‘natural coalition partner,’ Avigdor Liberman.

Huh, did I hear that right? Certainly, you meant to say to offer Benny Gantz this co-governing position. No! You heard right. Far-Right! No need to offer Leftist Benny Gantz anything--even though he squeaked by with a fraction of a percent ahead of Netanyahu, he still is entitled to nothing because in Israel it is a Parliamentary system and no candidate in history has ever won a majority. Netanyahu's coalition still won the largest block of votes. In the United States, a similar thing happened. One candidate had more of the popular vote. The other had the electoral vote that counts. Today we don't see that candidate in the 2020 lineup and soon people might saying, "Hilary who?"


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And following a logical process of elimination, Netanyahu can’t offer the job to anyone on the Arab list since their sole mission in life purpose is not necessarily to see Israel shine and thrive - they were never part of a coalition in the history of the Jewish State, at most vowed to support a reigning coalition in  opposition voting to dismantle it. So, who does it leave? Liberman! Natural coalition partner, shoot-from-the-hip, Trumpesque, Avigdor Liberman—hopefully, the honorable Deputy Prime Minister Avigdor Liberman.

Okay, I know jaws might drop over this suggestion, and Trump haters might even go so far as to suggest an investigation as to Russia’s possible ties to the ‘mad’ Russian Avigdor. It's true he is from Russia. But it's also true that there is nothing wrong with being mad like a fox.


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In fact, try to name one thing significantly wrong with this pairing? King Solomon was able to come up with solutions without having to cut any babies in half. Perhaps this is the best bloodless solution.

To be blunt, Liberman would have to give up some of his anti-religious rhetoric, but that is easy enough because he adopted it for this election in part because the pervading atmosphere caused it to bring him more votes.

And he would likely govern to the Right of Netanyahu--unlike Gantz who is a Leftist and not remotely close to a 'Make Israel Great Again' candidate. Perhaps the best way to picture the dual Bibi-Avi governance would be to envision the primary function of Deputy Prime Minister Liberman simply to be a thorn in Netanyahu’s Right side!

Yes, personality-wise, Avigdor might be a loose cannon, as is President Trump, but at least loose cannons shoot! And is being a straight shooter for the welfare of Israel a bad thing? Me thinketh not. What thinketh thou?

Or would you prefer to see another snap election in February in the middle of a cold snap (when Israelis can't even enjoy their day off at the beaches)?


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Clearly election fatigue would be painful for either side to overcome. I for one am numb. And at least having Avigdor in that role would keep things interesting.
So, let’s not let Avigdor Lieberman waste any of his time being a king-maker. Let’s let him be the 'co-king.’ 


And we’ll have Peace at Last in Israel! Well, a form of political peace.


And what about candidate Liberman’s demand that all Israelis must serve in the military—including Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) Jews? well, that was candidate Liberman. Deputy Prime Minister Liberman might think differently. After all, there will be far bigger fish to fry than forcing conscientious objectors studying the ancient Jewish texts to fight on the front lines to protect Israel when they probably can't even shoot straight. Give them a military desk job. There's lots of paperwork to be done in government work. 

And as for Netanyahu’s myriad of 11th-hour political promises of what he would do if he were to win? Let him. Let them. With Deputy Prime Minister Liberman as the thorn in Prime Minister Netanyahu’s side, you can bank on those promises being kept—starting with the immediate annexation of much of the 'West Bank'! –Gerald McGlothlin 

Gerald McGlothlin is an American author and publicist promoting pro-Israel speakers worldwide.
 

NOTE: This op-ed is a derivative of  an editorial written by Mr. McGlothlin on a non-exclusive basis for Arutz Sheva/Israel National News and published on their website: https://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/24473/

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