After several different elections, Israel has finally settled on a government, but the news means that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be leaving office next year – and his successor will be former IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz.
The Knesset voted on Sunday by a 73-46.vote to set up a coalition government of Netanyahu and Gantz, who leads the Blue and White movement. Under this new coalition, Netanyahu will hand over the PM post to Gantz by November 17, 2021, meaning the staunch Trump ally’s days in power are numbered.
“I will abide by the agreement exactly as it is written,” Netanyahu informed reporters at the Knesset.
Netanyahu does not anticipate for there to be any problems between he and Gantz, whose official position is now Vice Prime Minister. Gantz served as commander for Operation Protective Edge, a military operation against Hamas on the Gaza Strip, working intimately Netanyahu on a mission they both considered to be a success.
“We decided to form a unity government and avoid a fourth election that would have caused divisiveness and would have wasted NIS 2 billion,” Netanyahu said. “The public wanted a unity government and will receive one.”
Netanyahu maintains that the new coalition government is committed to further annexation of the West Bank.
“The time has come to apply sovereignty to Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria,” he said. “This won’t distance peace. It will bring it closer. These settlements will be part of Israel in any scenario.”
Netanyahu previously defeated Gantz in a fiercely contested election earlier this year:
Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party has won the third of its election victories in recent memory, eeking out a come-from-behind victory over Benny Gantz’s Blue and White Party.
Israel has a parliamentary system that allows multiple successive elections at the whim of its unicameral legislature, the Knesset. The victory of Netanyahu’s Party is its third in less than a year.
In a victory speech, Netanyahu touted his nation’s strong relationship with foreign leaders, such as Donald Trump. He also discussed an improvement in relations Israel has had with surrounding Islamic countries, a development brought about by regional opposition to Shia Iran.
The succession of elections in Israel had been enabled by ongoing legal proceedings against Netanyahu on corruption allegations. The constant atmosphere of political campaigning in the Middle Eastern country has proved enough to alienate some of the nation’s citizens from its unconventional and unstable parliamentary system.
It had been thought the third election in less than a year would finally result in Netanyahu’s retirement, with the longtime Prime Minister having served in office since 2009. Polling had showed Likud trailing Blue and White- a center-left party- almost throughout the entirety of the campaign season, only overtaking Benny Gantz’s party days before the election.
Netanyahu’s imminent departure as Prime Minister may not be good news for President Donald Trump, who has considered him one of his biggest allies on the world stage since his election.
Hungary Seeking Constitutional Amendment to Prevent Gay Couples from Adopting and Protect Children from Transgenderism
Hungary is one of the last Western nations committed to at least some social conservatism.
The Hungarian Parliament is considering a constitutional amendment that would effectively prevent gay couples from adopting children and protect the gender identity that children were born with.
The amendment would allow only opposite-sex married couples to adopt children, with case-by-case exceptions made by Minister of Family Affairs Katalin Novák. It also declares that the government will protect the right of children “to the gender identity they were born with.”
Children ought to be raised “in accordance with the values based on our homeland’s constitutional identity and Christian culture” and “the basis for family relations is marriage,” says the amendment. “The mother is a woman, the father is a man.”
Draft language of the amendment was submitted to parliament by Justice Minister Judit Varga.
Big League Politics reported on November 20 that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán called out George Soros as “one of the most corrupt people in the world”:
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán called out globalist oligarch George Soros in an interview with Kossuth Radio on Friday, identifying the Hungarian-born financier as “one of the most corrupt people in the world.”
Orbán pointed to Soros as a key figure in the push to sanction Hungary and Poland within the European Union. Liberal countries have sought to crack down on the central European nations for their tough approach to immigration, political correctness, gender ideology and globalism.
“George Soros is threatening Hungary and Poland,” PM Orbán said. “George Soros is one of the most corrupt people in the world; he has plenty of politicians in his pocket who now want to blackmail Hungary and Poland for access to EU funds.”
Soros recently penned an op-ed demanding that EU member states exclude Hungary and Poland from budgetary proceedings in the European Parliament. This defies any claim that the political union has in regards to democracy, tacitly silencing two longtime members of the EU that have as many rights within the body as any other nation.
Soros is pushing for the European Parliament to dictate the EU’s annual budget with a two-thirds majority. Previously, unanimous consent was required from the EU’s 27 member states.
Hungary’s commitment to a baseline level of social conservatism shows just how far the rest of the West has fallen. God bless Prime Minister Orbán and the Hungarian Parliament for that commitment in the face of widespread globalist opposition.
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