Opinion: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; a Magnificent World Leader: An Endorsement

By: Aaron Joseph. In 2005, he was voted the 18th-greatest Israeli of all time, in a poll by the Israeli news website Ynet. In 2010, the British magazine New Statesman listed him at 11th on the list of “The World’s 50 Most Influential Figures 2010″

Tried, true, and fully tested in every way possible, hats off to our Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, perhaps the greatest Prime Minister Israel has ever had, and a beacon of leadership the world continuously benefits from.

Israeli born, with an early Israeli education in Jerusalem, young Bibi Moved with his parents to a suburb of Philadelphia where he completed high school and went on to graduate top of his class at M.I.T., and with honors from Harvard. Returning to Israel to serve with distinction as a team leader in the IDF’s intelligence Special Forces, a unit whose specialty is renowned for fighting terrorism, it was with much valor that Bibi took a furlough from M.I.T. during the Yom Kippur war, flying back to Israel to serve with his unit. Bibi saw 40 days of active duty during that period.

A continuing rise through the Israeli political ranks during the 1980’s, Benjamin served as the Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations from 1984-1988, where his sharp insights, and even sharper representation of his homeland garnered him tremendous respect and awe from both friend and foe.

Elected to the 12th Knesset in 1988 as a member of the Likud party, Benjamin, noted for his brilliant acumen and understanding of diplomacy and intelligence was incorporated in to the more sensitive areas of government, and although quite young by Israeli standards, accompanied the delegation of then Prime Minister Yitzchok Shamir to the Madrid Conference during 1991. It was after the conference that Benjamin was appointed deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s office.

During the election of 1996, Benjamin Netanyahu was elected as the youngest ever Prime Minister in Israel’s history, defeating the seasoned politician Shimon Peres, who being a generation older then Netanyahu was the favorite. Netanyahu served for 3 years with distinction, living up to his campaign’s motto of “A Safe Peace.”

After being defeated by Ehud Barak in the 1999 election for Prime Minister, Netanyahu temporarily retired from politics. In 2002, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon appointed Netanyahu as Foreign Minister. After the 2003 Israeli legislative election, Sharon offered Netanyahu the Finance Ministry. Netanyahu threatened to resign from office in 2004 unless the Gaza pullout plan was put to a referendum. He submitted his resignation letter on 7 August 2005, shortly before the Israeli cabinet voted 17 to 5 to approve the initial phase of withdrawal from Gaza.

From 2006-2009 Netanyahu served as opposition leader in the Knesset. Following Tzipi Livni’s election to head Kadima and Olmert’s resignation from the post of Prime Minister, Netanyahu declined to join the coalition Livni was trying to form and supported new elections, which were held in February 2009.

In the 2009 election itself, Likud won the second highest number of seats, Livni’s party having outnumbered the Likud by one seat. A possible explanation for Likud’s relatively poor showing is that some Likud supporters defected to Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu party. Netanyahu, however, claimed victory on the basis that right wing parties won the majority of the vote, and on 20 February 2009, Netanyahu was designated by Israeli President Shimon Peres to succeed Ehud Olmert as Prime Minister, and began his negotiations to form a coalition government.

The most recent rocket attacks on Israel, and Netanyahu’s steady, sure, guiding hand throughout the saga is just a brief glimpse into the special qualities Mr. Netanyahu offers. These past 4 years have been tumultuous; we were witnesses first hand to so many of the world events that so distinctly affected Israel. Throughout it all, Prime Minister Netanyahu was the voice of reason and assuredness, not only just for his countrymen, but for free men throughout the world.

Throughout all his positions and all diplomatic negotiations Prime Minister Netanyahu has stood by his negotiating policy of “three no(s)”: no withdrawal from the Golan Heights, no discussion of the case of Jerusalem, no negotiations under any preconditions. He stands for what he means and for the best interests of not just Israeli security, but world stability as well.

Perhaps his 6th grade teacher in a Jerusalem elementary school best summarized our Prime Minister. Ruth Rubenstein revealed that Netanyahu was courteous, polite, helpful, his work was “responsible and punctual,” and that Netanyahu was friendly, disciplined, cheerful, brave, active and obedient. – Need more be said? Except perhaps that the 50+ years of experience in these qualities and more that he now possesses, will surely serve Israel in good strong stead for many years to come.

As a fellow Lakewooder watching Israel from the sidelines, I could not be prouder or feel more secure having so talented and educated individual leading Israel during so difficult a time in our history. His distinct Philadelphia accented English, time and time again articulates to every single English speaking freedom loving citizen, that the moral obligation and superiority that his people and the country of Israel have come to represent is truly a light unto the world.

It is this author’s opinion, that we here in Lakewood and people all around the world are so fortunate to have so strong a leader as Prime Minister Netanyahu leading his government; the people of Israel being the most fortunate. While I cannot vote in the upcoming Israeli election, I can voice an opinion. I proudly endorse Mr. Netanyahu in his bid for reelection, and hope that his steadfast leadership help herald in the time when the entire world will know that God is one.

Mr. Netanyahu, בהצלחה ותודה לכל.

Video – Ben ‘Nitay’ Nitanyahu at 28 years old.

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  1. He is a great man, a great leader, a great soldier, a great Prime Minister, a great human being, and a great standard bearer for truth, dignity, and peace.

    God bless him for his leadership, judgement, and clear thinking on the world stage. His courage under fire is an example to us all.

  2. May G-d bless Israel and Netanyahu May he retain his strength dignity and determination not to fall prey to the money oriented brainwashed media that spews anti Israel (anti-semetic ) rhetoric . Strength brings respect and with the moral dignity Israel shows may G-d watch over us and put the right catalyst such as Netanyahu in the position to save Israel ,Humanity and guarantee Jews thru-out the world a homeland

  3. People should remember when Olmert was in office. He was the laughingstock of the international community. BIBI is very smart and well respect all over the world. How fortunate Israel is to have such a leader in these trying times..

  4. I cannot agree more. Mr. Netanyahu is an example of leadership and diplomatic council. Israelis are very lucky to have such a son. May God bless him and continue to watch over his and his people.

  5. He is also the first Israeli leader to force the Yeshivaleit into the army. Lev melachim biyad hashem. He doesn’t realize that the huge Nes that just happend In Eretz Yisroel is not due to his own decisions, but rather from hashem. He thinks that his forcing Yungerleit and Bochurim is the appropriate way to say thanks to hashem. Sorry, he is a truw leader, HE JUST DOES NOT GET IT!!!

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