Jews or Israelis - Who will form the next government?

Have the Blue and White Israelis forgotten that they live in what is known as The Jewish State? Is it the Arab parties on whom they intend to rely?

Shalom Pollack

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The 1992 elections brought Yitzchak Rabin and Shimon Peres to power.It was a close election but Labor was put over the top by a deal made with the Arab parties.Before the hard-fought election campaign, Rabin received an assurance of support from the Arab parties against the Likud and Yitzchak  Shamir.The details of the deal were not made public but the results were a Rabin victory.

So what could Rabin have promised the (anti-Zionist, pro-PLO) Arab parties?The answer came rather quickly.

Despite Rabin's campaign promise to the Jewish public that he would never consider recognition of a "Palestinian" state in the Land of Israel, and never recognize the PLO as legitimate, he dumbfounded the country with the disastrous 1993 Oslo accords (after a year of secret meetings in Norway between the sides, although meeting with terrorists was against the law). The next shock was arch-terrorist Arafat's triumphant entrance into the heart of our land, back from his exile in Tunisia as part of the agreement.

This development was the greatest surprise to date in Israeli politics and has had the greatest repercussions on the Jewish state since its birth, all of them bad.Today, the Oslo gamble and its horrific consequences are widely denounced by the vast majority of the Israeli(Jewish) public.

Since the 1992 Rabin/Peres-Arab secret Oslo deal, the Arab parties have not offered that same recommendation to form a coalition for any other Jewish candidate.Until September 2019, that is.

When a PM candidate considers the choice of parties that he wishes to ask to join his coalition, it is important to note which party receives his first phone call.Ganz decided that the party that encourages terror against Israeli civilians/soldiers and denies the legitimacy of a Jewish state most deserved the honor of the first call.

Benny Ganz and his "Blue and White " party made his first post-election call to Ayman Odeh, the anti-Zionist head of the thirteen seat strong United Arab party. The details of that conversation are not known; but why do I keep thinking of 1992?

The Arab parfties have never been part of a government coalition.They have, in the past, included an MK who smuggled mobile phones to terrorists in Israeli prisons, another who fled the country after helping Hezbollah pinpoint IDF positions in the 2nd Lebanon War and an MK who joined the infamous Mavi Marmara voyage to break the defensive sea blockade on Gaza.

A short anecdote will help make the issue clear. In 1996 when Peres lost a tight election to Netanyahu, he was asked, "who lost"? He said "the Israelis", followed by the question " and who won?" His answer was "'the Jews".

Take that in for a long moment.

It says a great deal about the national and personal identity of those living in the Jewish state today.

Historically, deals with Arab parties and with Arab local "vote contractors" were something done in certain cases, but kept well concealed for fear of great embarrassment - even accusations of treachery to the Jewish people and state.

No more.

It does indeed seem increasingly like "the Jews versus the Israelis." Close cooperation or even collusion between radically anti-religious Israeli Jews (only by birth) and anti-Israel Arabs is an open alliance whose time seems to have come in the evolution of Israeli society.

The Jews in the Jewish State will have to deal with this Israeli challenge.