What a different world we live in today compared to a year ago. The new US administration has proven it can make a total mess of Middle East foreign policy, while lying to the American people, and the new Israeli Prime Minister heads the “government of change.” Each is about to take a very important exam. Will either one of them pass?
Seems like those in American and Israeli politics are dead set on undermining their predecessors and doing things their own way. They both promise change, but is it for the better?
We’ve seen and heard enough about the atrocious American handling of the economy, the border, the virus and now Afghanistan. But what about the new Israeli government of change? What “changes” does the former Netanyahu understudy and his government have up their sleeves?
Let’s start with a clue. Bennett had to depend upon the Arab parties in Israel in order to form a majority and take power. Those Arab MK’s (members of the Knesset, Israel’s “Congress”), have Arab and Palestinian interests at heart, not Israel’s national interest. Therefore, when attacked from Gaza (as they were last week), Israel’s response has been much weaker than that of Netanyahu and his government.
On the COVID issue, the government of change is ramrodding “changes” in Israel that will lead to more lockdowns, more mandates, and continual battering of an economy that was strong before the virus took its toll. Israel is the most vaccinated place on the planet, yet the virus still surges…even among the vaccinated. Is the answer to shut down the entire country yet again? That seems like a possibility ahead of the fall feasts and celebrations. (Super spreaders!)
PM Bennett arrived in Washington yesterday, ahead of two days of meetings with Biden and his advisors. The newly-minted top dogs of their countries will now attempt to formulate policy that is crucial to the best interests of both the US and Israel.
They will discuss Iran. Will Bennett have enough sway to draw Biden back from the brink of new negotiations with the world’s #1 sponsor of terrorism?
They will discuss the virus and mandates. With Israeli citizens already anchored down by draconian measures that keep them locked inside, and by almost criminal threat if they are unvaccinated, it seems a given the two will strategize how to convince citizens that mask mandates, vaccine mandates and locking down are good ideas.
They will likely not spend much time discussing Afghanistan, as Biden just caved to terrorists and that would dampen the attempts, particularly of Bennett, to prove the strength of the American-Israeli alliance. While it is clear there remains strong support from many in Congress, Israel’s position with America is sliding. Does Bennett have what it takes to fill the foreign policy expectations following Israel’s most successful hawk?
Sources say that Bennett will have 4 key objectives as he meets with Biden. Joel Rosenberg explains those objectives in Bennett’s Big Test in Washington. I encourage you to read it, then watch to see how the visit turns out.
Without doubt there is much at stake during these meetings for both Bennett and Biden, and their respective countries. Will either or both be strong enough to lead the world’s two greatest democracies, or will we see further weakening of the alliance and of our positions in the world? Many of us have little confidence the two will emerge as strong leaders, but we’re begging….”Please prove us wrong!”
Keep your eyes on those meetings, as only time will tell.
However, without a doubt, if we put our trust in our leaders, we will be disappointed and dismayed. We are watching what happens when trust is placed in mankind. So, it is time to place our trust, or increase our trust, in Jesus Christ! If you don’t know Him, put your trust in Him today. If you do know Him, settle under the security of His wings and wait for His rescue!
7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses;~Psalm 20:7-8
But we will remember the name of the Lord our God.
8 They have bowed down and fallen;
But we have risen and stand upright.
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High~Psalm 91:1-2
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”
Put no trust in horses, chariots or world leaders! Put your full trust in the Lord our God, who offers us a shelter beneath His wings. In God we trust!