With God’s Help – Netanyahu Fires Back at Foreign Critics

As Israel’s opposition cries doom over downgraded credit rating, Bibi and his religious finance minister say God’s got it all under control.

By Ryan Jones | | Topics: Benjamin Netanyahu
Religious Minister of Finance Bezalel Smotrich faces off against secular opposition lawmakers. Smotrich isn't afraid to mix faith and politics. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90
Religious Minister of Finance Bezalel Smotrich faces off against secular opposition lawmakers. Smotrich isn't afraid to mix faith and politics. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Israel might not have words to the effect of “In God We Trust” on its currency (though some want to change that), but the current national religious government is most definitely looking to the Almighty to safeguard the Jewish state’s economy.

And that little mix of faith with its economic policies, among other reasons, has the largely secular opposition declaring Israel’s doom.

 

Credit score downgrade

The world’s leading credit ratings agency Moody’s on Friday downgraded Israel’s economic outlook from “positive” to “stable.” Analysts there said the downgrade was due to a “deterioration in governance,” and referenced the internal strife gripping the nation over the government’s proposed judicial reform.

It’s important to note that Moody’s new economic outlook still gives Israel a relatively high “A1” rating, citing “strong economic growth and improving fiscal strength” and noting Israel’s “proven resilient to many economic and geopolitical shocks over the past decades.”

But that didn’t stop opposition parties from responding to the announcement by howling that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s policies were destroying the State of Israel from within.

This is an “economic earthquake,” insisted Yisrael Beiteinu party leader Avigdor Liberman. Israel’s credit rating was also lowered to A1 during the Corona crisis, and quickly rose following the pandemic.

Opposition leader Yair Lapid was more verbose:

“The announcement… is proof that the [Netanyahu] regime endangers the livelihood of every Israeli citizen. The lies and attempts to blame others will not help in this case. The facts are clear: The government I led handed them a strong and prosperous economy, and under the watch of [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu and [Finance Minister Bezalel] Smotrich, everything is falling apart.”

Lapid was prime minister for less than six months.

 

In God we trust

The opposition was even more irked by Netanyahu’s response to the Moody’s decision, which appealed to heaven, and Israeli resilience, to protect the Jewish state from an economic downturn.

“Israel’s economy is stable and solid and with God’s help, it will remain so,” read a statement issued on Saturday. “As those who believe in the strength of Israeli society, its unity, and its ability to overcome disputes and crises, as we have done many times in the past, we are convinced that with God’s help, it will be so this time as well.”

Netanyahu and Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich were incessantly mocked on social and mainstream media in Israel for mixing faith and politics. But their approach resonates with a growing number of Israeli Jews.

There is a widening rift between those who want Israel to first and foremost be a Jewish state dedicated to the biblical covenants, and those who demand Israel conform to the progressive, pluralistic trends of most other liberal nations in the West.

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8 responses to “With God’s Help – Netanyahu Fires Back at Foreign Critics”

  1. Vernon Ryan says:

    At the turn of the 19th into the 20th century, Mark Twain wrote about the Jews. He said, “He has made a marvelous fight in this world, in all the ages, and he has done it with his hands tied behind him.” He was writing about the Jewish will to survive, I believe that will is part of the eternal covenant made to Abraham.
    The world is jealous of what Israel has done over the past 75 years, because the rest of the world, has not accomplished over the last 75 years what Israel has with her hands tied behind them by those who mock her.
    Those who stand for a secular Israel, will not survive the soon coming of Jacob’s trouble, not one.

  2. Charles Gardner says:

    Oh that our British politicians would be brave enough to bring God into the equation!

  3. Disciple 1978 says:

    This may be one of the ways to get God’s help. 1st. Acknowledge your need. 2nd. Humble yourself before Him. 3rd. Set out your need. 4th. Resolve the need the Lord makes you aware of. 5th. Allow the Lord to meet that need and your original need will probably go away.

  4. Masami Cobley says:

    It is sad that a leader like Lapid hasn’t learned an important lesson from the Scripture and is demanding that they want to become just like other Gentile nations (Ref: 1Samuel 8:5-8).

  5. 037 says:

    Bibi is absolutely correct. Lord has everything under His Watch.
    God bless Israel! God bless Bibi!

  6. Charles Gardner says:

    So, in a very real sense, we have Israel leading the world back to God and being the light to the Gentiles that He called them to be! Hallelujah!

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