Did the Iran Speech Sink Netanyahu?

The final opinion polls prior to the Israeli elections are in and the news is pretty bad for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. His Likud Party trails the Labor-led Zionist Union by four seats in most of the polls. That doesn’t necessarily mean that Labor leader Isaac Herzog will lead the next government, as the electoral math may still make it easier for Netanyahu to put together a coalition that can command a majority of the Knesset. But if these numbers hold, it represents a body blow to Netanyahu and his party. That will likely lead his legion of American critics to claim that, far from helping him as most assumed it would, his speech to a joint session of Congress last week actually helped sink him.

Are they right?

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  • Ron MacDonald

    The DNC is helping the opposition in Israel just as it is helping Justin Trudeau.

  • Brett_McS

    I don’t know about the polls in Israel, but here they always seem to understate the conservative vote.

    • Just a thought

      It’s deliberate, in order to try to influence public opinion. The Leftists there are even worse than they are here, and that’s not easy to do lately.

  • Hard Little Machine

    No, Obama’s injection of millions of dollars to V15 to topple a foreign government is what did it.

  • Hard Little Machine

    The US announced today it failed to renew Israel’s emergency fuel agreement that’s been in place for decades. The agreement is to assure Israel can get fuel during an emergency if its other sources are cut off.

    The US is now officially an enemy of Israel.

  • Jay Currie

    Baby’s speech itself was something which needed to be said and needed to be heard. It annoyed certain appeased in the current administration which may have led to the Americans taking action at the diplomatic and the political levels. Bibs may lose the election as the result of those actions.

    I am not all that concerned by that outcome. In the next few years Israel will face existential threats. Relying on the US in the face of those threats limited Israel’s room to maneuver.

    As fast as it can Israel under the new government needs to increase the independence of its arms industry, cement its excellent relations with Egypt and its quiet alliance with the Saudis, Gulf States, India, China and, yes, even Canada and, finally, recognize that America under Democrats is an unreliable ally.

    You don’t need Bill to accomplish all of these objectives.

  • Exile1981

    I think that even if he hadn’t given the speech he still would be in the same position he is in currently. All his speech did was highlight the anti-Israel attitude of the democrats. Even before the speech the Obama admin was pumping money to the opposition in an attempt to take him out. This just let everyone see the dems true faces.

    • Just a thought

      Yes, I think his speech was useful in revealing Democrats’ attitudes. Hopefully Israel’s friends took note (hard not to, as brazen as the Dems were about it).