“See, I will gather [the Jewish people] out of all the countries, where I have driven them in My anger, My fury, and great wrath, and I will bring them back to [Jerusalem] and cause them to dwell securely.
They will be My people, and I will be their God.
I will give them one heart and one way, so they may fear Me forever; for their good and for their children after them…
Yes, I will delight in doing good for them, and with all My heart and all My soul I will in truth plant them in this land.”
—Jeremiah 32:37-39, 41
Unsettled leadership in Israel presents potential security risk amidst the chaos in Syria
The word is official as of Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced he was unable to secure the support he needs to form a unity government.
While we knew President Rivlin had the option to grant an additional 14-day extension, nobody really believed he was likely to do so.
Netanyahu's announcement leaves the country’s political future uncertain.
The opportunity to form a stable government has fallen to his rival Benny Gantz, who leads the main opposition Blue and White party.
A proposal for unity fell on deaf ears
If you’ve been following along with us throughout the last few months, then you know this political season has been chaotic within Israel.
The stalemate that caused an unprecedented second round of elections along with the surrounding uncertainty – not to mention the questions and concerns about security.
These concerns are even more critical with the recent violence being unleashed in Syria – and how the fallout will impact Israel and her people.
We received reports that the Prime Minister reached out personally to Gantz late last week with a proposed solution that would unify the Likud, Blue and White, and the right-wing bloc parties.
“I presented to him a compromise for the establishment of a broad national unity government,” the Prime Minister said. “This is the only government that can be formed now, it is the only government that must be formed now.”
Netanyahu’s new unity government outline addressed 5 main points of contention between Likud and the Blue and White Party – security, economy, social services, religion-state relations and the peace process – with promises of concessions on each.
Amidst the surrounding tensions in Syria and their potential implications for Israel and her people, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking of his proposed plan that he presented to Gantz, said: “That is why I call on Gantz to show national responsibility and to enter immediate negotiations with me, to establish the government that the State of Israel so desperately needs.”
But it fell on deaf ears …
The Prime Minister’s proposed outline was immediately rejected.
In a video posted on Facebook, Netanyahu said:
“Tonight, I announced that I was returning the mandate to the cabinet assembly. That’s what the people want. This is also what Israel needs in the face of growing security challenges. Over the past few weeks, I have made every effort to bring Benny Gantz to the negotiating table to prevent new elections. Unfortunately, time after time, he simply refused.”
A personal vendetta?
Some have argued that any plan proposed by Netanyahu would have been rejected – regardless of the details or concessions it might contain.
That might be the case, as in his speech accepting the mandate to form a new government, Gantz said, “I will invite all the parties that are represented in the Knesset, even those who will not be in the government. I will first turn to the Likud and to its head Netanyahu and offer for him to be part of that government.”
Gantz' willingness to work with Netanyahu only after Gantz would be the one in charge is telling. Especially since his reasons for not working with Netanyahu earlier have not changed.
While Netanyahu has agreed for negotiating teams to meet to discuss a unity government, they still face an uphill battle to come to an agreement.
Unless something changes soon, Israel is looking at an unprecedented third round of elections this year. But there’s nothing to say the result will be any different than the first two.
And all of this is happening at a time when the threat to Israel’s security is growing.
Israel’s lack of unity means a growing security concern as turmoil continues in Syria
With the U.S. military withdrawing from Syria, the balance of power in this already tumultuous region of the world is tipping toward powers that don’t share Israel’s interests. Or rather, who seek to completely annihilate her and her people.
After a 5-day “ceasefire” brokered by the U.S. that gave Kurdish forces time to withdraw from the area around the Turkish border, Turkey now looks set to finalize a military arrangement with Russia for joint military patrols at the border. Russia, which backs Syrian dictator Assad, moved military units into the border area last week to check the advance of Turkish forces.
No matter the outcome – stability or continued violence – this isn’t good news for Israel. Russia – and its regional allies Syria and Iran – are not friends of Israel. And while Israel is officially at peace with Turkey, the current Turkish regime is no friend of the Jewish State either.
And that’s why I’m asking you to join us in prayer for God to unify Israel’s officials and her government, protect her people during the growing threat within the region and bring a peaceful end to the fighting in northern Syria.
Join us in prayer
Here’s how you can join us in prayer specifically. Please pray for God to:
Unify Israel’s government and move her officials to set aside personal vendettas and politics for the sake of unity. Give them “one heart and one way.”
- Give wisdom and discernment to secure Israel’s borders and security so that Israelis may “dwell securely.”
- Protect innocent life from the violence of war and cultural hatred – men, women and families caught in the crossfire in northern Syria.
- Instill peace and protection to Israel and her people during this time of uncertainty.
- Move in the hearts and minds of world leaders, and the Jewish people, to help them see the truthfulness of Yeshua’s (Jesus’) Messiahship – the Prince of Peace.
As a Believer in Yeshua, I hope you’ll go beyond prayer and put your support into action by giving a generous gift to stand with the Jewish people – in Israel and around the world.