MembersThe Wisdom, Or Not, of Banking on Bibi

As Israel’s 24th Knesset writhed in its death throes, Christian watchers – let alone Jews – were conflicted over whether or not they wanted to see Netanyahu returned as prime minister.

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Benjamin Netanyahu responds to the fall of the Bennett-Lapid government and the dissolution of the 24th Knesset.
Benjamin Netanyahu responds to the fall of the Bennett-Lapid government and the dissolution of the 24th Knesset. Photo: Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90

An interesting thing happened in Israel-aware-Christian circles on the way to the termination of the Bennett government. There were those who fasted and prayed desperately for the government to not fall, and those who prayed and fasted for it to indeed fall, and speedily. I’ll refer to them here as Groups 1 and 2.

Individuals in both cases gave meaningful reasons for their concerns:

Some in Group 1 felt that the coalition’s creation a little over a year ago had finally brought some stability to Israel’s very shaky governing system; after four grid-locked elections the new leadership succeeded in passing the long-overdue state budget, enabling the wheels of administration to begin turning once more. Willingly overlooked or accepted by these folk was the very anti-Zionist makeup of the Bennett-Lapid coalition, not least the fact that it relied for its existence on the Islamist, Mansour Abbas. For these Christian friends of Israel, political shalom bayit – peace and quiet at home – was paramount.

Needless to say, those in Group 2 were as loathe as anyone to...

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