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New PM Leadership Requires a Warrior's Focus - Who's Up for the Challenge?

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Submitted by M Tovey (United States), Jun 9, 2021 at 15:59

Israeli Leadership – That of a Shepard – Or of a Warrior
We need not do a recall of the history of Israeli leadership in these modern times, especially as Dr. Pipes has already provided a valuable summarization in this article and elsewhere when the dictates of contemporary issues required the updating as necessary. In these recent years, now a decade or more since this subject was pondered, the Prime Minister's position has become a focal point of the leadership for Israel during yet another series of potentially extravagant political maneuverings requiring the political acumen that is beyond the call of the pedestrian politician; and who has answered that call?

It may be said, indeed it is clamored for, the replacement of the longest running Prime Minister is upon us, but is it for the right reasoning? Who knows if this was really the time for the replacement, since the reasoning for making such a braggadocious proffering does not meet the rational test of fluid successorship; indeed, contentions of envy and jealous calls for impeachment of power are myriad and no one political sector can claim the best interests are at the heart of the issue(s).

One need only look at the repertoire (and this is from an outsider's perspective) and see that the Prime Minister's position has been filled in seemingly contentious and constant circumstances of confronting every conceivable attack on Israel's existence and sovereignty from within and from outside to the extent that whomever feels the call to serve in that position, requires an inner strength and devotion to duty; and that requires a soldier's call to duty.

In Israel's reigning 'book of the law,' one in Israel's history was the type of individual that was chosen for the virtue and stamina of a shepherd, then eventually becoming a warrior defeating Israel's enemies, then becoming the leader of the nation (the king in those days- and returning). Such resolve is seemingly missing today as those who seek PM Netanyahu's ouster do not appear to have that same kind of resolve; for if they did, the choice would not have been so hard in the face of Israel's enemies.

Whether PM Netanyahu is the 'chosen one' or not, it seems that there is quite a bit of ambivalence in who as successor thinks they can lead Israel into the next age; and that's a problem. History does not wait; even now there are many that would compel a change for the sake of diminishing Israel before elimination. As the Book of the Law demonstrates, the process of elimination is on schedule: who will be ready to lead in that? Right now, others outside the realm of Israel's destiny are ready to make that choice for them.


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