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As predicted yesterday, in my piece on the Israeli elections (one didn’t need to be a prophet to see this coming!), Labor leader Avi Gabai is already wearing a blindfold, has eaten his last meal, and is now smoking a cigarette—as the guns are being loaded. Yes, his friends are calling for his execution.

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I’ve been praying for some big things, for some time, without seeing the results I want. I was talking to the Lord about it, just the other day. I know these things are His will, but I was a bit discouraged. The Lord reminded me that the lesson of Israel is, if anything, proof that He is faithful—but not always on our timetable.

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I woke up just before 7 a.m. to see that…drumroll please…Benjamin Netanyahu has won a fifth term as prime minister of Israel. It was a rollercoaster of a night. Every exit poll had Likud coming in second place, not first. One had them losing to the Blue and White Party, 33 to 27, which would have been the end of Netanyahu as prime minister.

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Democrats keep proving U.S. President Donald Trump right for calling party members “anti-Israel” and “anti-Jewish.” On Sunday, Beto O’Rourke, former Texas congressman and Democrat presidential hopeful, called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “racist.”

“The U.S.-Israel relationship is one of the most important relationships that we have on the planet, and that relationship, if it is successful, must transcend partisanship in the United States, and it must be able to transcend a prime minister who is racist,” O’Rourke said.

O’Rourke made these remarks at a rally in response to a voter question about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“This is somebody who now no longer subscribes to a two-state solution and has vowed to annex the West Bank which will make peace, in the long term, impossible,” O’Rourke said. “This is someone who has joined far-right parties who are inherently racist in their speech and the way that they want to treat their fellow human beings in that part of the world. This is somebody who, in a previous election, warned Arabs were coming to the polls. It’s racism.”


To be clear, a two-state solution will never bring peace when the other side is led by terrorist sworn to your destruction. Bibi is not a racist, but he is a shrewd politician who will do what it takes—even siding with despicable people—to win. Beta O’Rouke is just repeating what he hears and doesn’t know the facts. Plus it is now all the rage on the left to bash Israel.

A White House spokesman said that all of the Democratic presidential candidates have failed to adequately condemn anti-Semitism. Not only have they not condemned it in strong enough terms, more and more they are embracing it. Sen. Ted Cruz, who beat O’Rourke in the last election, also noted the anti-Jewish sentiment on the left.

“This is today’s Democratic Party: Viciously attacking the duly elected leader of Israel & falsely labeling him a racist for defending the Jewish people,” he said on Twitter. “There was a time when support for Israel was rightly bipartisan. But then the Dems began courting the anti-Semitic Left.”


One evening so many years ago, I was sitting with my wife in a Tel Aviv restaurant. The only seats were in the smoking area. As I walked in, I saw a man who looked like he was watching TV intently. Then I saw the wire coming out of his ear. Security guard. I then saw sitting at a table smoking a cigar, then finance minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. After an hour he got up to leave and I introduced myself as a new immigrant. His large soft and chubby hand, engulfed mine. It was a brief encounter. While he had already been prime minister once, I didn’t realize that I was shaking hands with the man who would become Israel’s second most iconic prime minister. No one will outshine Ben Gurion—our first.

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