Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Miles from the Mainstream
D. R. ZUKERMAN, proprietor

Congratulations Benyamin Netanyahu

April 19, 2019 --

Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu's Likud party led a right bloc victory in the Knesset elections, April 9, to give the prime minister another term to lead the Jewish state. The right bloc is estimated to have 65 or 66 seat-majority in the new Knesset, which has 120 members. Israel's Labor party drew only 5% of the vote. Polls also indicated that millennials largely supported the right wing. May than be a harbinger for the U.S. in 2020.

LPR believes that Mr. Netanyahu is well-qualified to mediate the opposing sides in Ukraine. He is on good terms with Russia's President Vladimir Putin as well as with Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko. Welcoming Ukraine Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman to Jerusalem May 15, 2017, Prime Minister Netanyahu pointed out that Israel and Ukraine share a history of "hope" and "sympathy" as well as "tragedy."

Mr. Netanyahu told the Ukraine prime minister: "You surely know that Ukraine as a source of the revival of the Hebrew language and Zionism.

In fact, it's hard to imagine the revival of the modern Jewish state without the Jews who came from the Ukraine: Bialik, Jabotinsky, the Speaker of our Knesset, Elkin, and hundreds of thousands who are Jews who came to Israel from the Ukraine and serve as a human bridge between our two countries and our two people. So I think this forms the basis of a great partnership."

Prime Minister Groysman's reply noted that "Israel is our strategic partners [cq] and we have many areas for our joint cooperation," adding, in part, "Today's visit will yield good results...."