“With your help, and with the help of God, we will build a nationalist government that will protect the state of Israel,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his beleaguered supporters on election day as exit polls predicted his poor chances of remaining in power.
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 his speech to Congress earlier in the month, Netanyahu concluded with a ringing declaration from Deuteronomy.
“Before the people of Israel entered the land of Israel,” said Netanyahu, “Moses gave us a message that has steeled our resolve for thousands of years. I leave you with his message today.”
He continued in Hebrew, then in English, “Be strong and bold; fear not, have no fear or dread of them, (for it is the Lord your God who goes with you; he will not fail you or forsake you.)”
After invoking the promise God gave the nation of Israel, Netanyahu received a standing ovation from America’s lawmakers.
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.