Last week, at the swearing-in ceremony of Israel’s Knesset (Parliament), the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a provocative speech which came off as a security threat to the media. His speech ignited a budding hate right on the eve of the Yom Kippur which held on the 8th of October 2019 (the most solemn religious fast of the Jewish year, signaling the last of the ten days of penitence that begins with Rosh Hashana) where he spoke highly of the security challenges in the country, mentioning specifically about the budding war with Iran, going further to equate it with the 1973 Yom Kippur War. (Historical Footnote: The Yom Kippur war was an armed conflict fought from the 6th to the 25th of October 1973, between Israel and an Arab coalition composed mainly of Egypt and Syria. It was recorded as the fourth Arab-Israeli war.)
Political commentators across the world has linked Mr. Netanyahu’s words as a familiar campaign strategy aimed at gaining popularity in order to continue his leadership in the country (since he couldn’t secure a majority vote in the September elections.)
The Israeli Prime Minister has however made the relationship between him and the US President, Donald Trump, the pivot of his re-election bid, with Mr. Trump’s Middle East policy (Trump’s middle east policy represents a significant change which seeks to bolster Israel and Saudi Arabia, in particular, and to Isolate Iran) serving as a justification.
This relationship has earned for the Israelites a recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, and of course, the once controversial moving of the US embassy to Jerusalem; and with all these in place, Mr. Netanyahu has made his ties further stronger with his support for Trump’s decision to abandon the Iran nuclear deal and get tough with the Islamic Republic as a crucial vindication of his own strategy to protect Israel from Tehran’s expanding reach in the region.
Most Israeli media have come out to speak after the Trump’s reaction to the Israeli September election (which was more of a blow to Mr. Netanyahu’s face) where Trump stated that “America’s special relationship was with the people of Israel, not a person.” The hard words were that “Trump hates losers”, especially friends who cannot win despite his “strategic aid”, they alleged.
The media’s outrage lies with Mr. Netanyahu’s failure to properly form a government. He appears to be merely seeking for his own gratification and not for the entire country since his pursuits lies “in trying to hold on to his job, which could give him more leverage to fight looming indictment on corruption charges.” – BBC.
One however begins to question this Trump-Netanyahu relationship since Mr. Trump has beefed up his diplomatic ties with the Islamic republic as against the prime minister’s signature Iran policy.
There has also been a troubling silence on Trump’s side with his reluctance to respond to an apparent Iranian attack on a Saudi Arabia oil installation with ‘cruise missiles.’ This particular attack unsettled the Israelis as speculations abounds on the chances of Iran doing the same to Israel with the American quivering stand.
“The mortal blow that the Iranians dealt to the Saudi oil production facilities by means of cruise missiles that were fired from Iran, an attack that was not met in any way with a response from the Trump administration, evinces the utter collapse of the security doctrine that has been advanced by Netanyahu, who based all of his decisions on ‘the friendliest president [to Israel] to ever reside in the White House’,” wrote Shimon Shiffer in Yedhioth Ahronoth.
Mr. Shiffer concluded with saying that “Trump has become unreliable for Israel,” The fear that lurks remains whether or not the U.S will back out from providing substantial security for the Israelis after it three-years-long relationship with the Trump’s administration.