Opinion: Israeli Voters Rejected the Partisan Witch-Hunts and Smokescreens: American Voters Should Follow Suit in 2020

April 15, 2019 Updated: April 16, 2019

Commentary

It looks like Benjamin Netanyahu has won his fifth term as prime minister of the State of Israel in elections held April 9. While Netanyahu prevailed, the run-up to the election wasn’t without controversy.

More specifically, Netanyahu faced various accusations of corruption and a pending indictment. Netanyahu referred to the charges as a politically motivated “witch hunt” and vowed to fight them.

Like Netanyahu, President Donald Trump also has been the subject of one or more “witch hunts.” Despite the efforts to politically hurt both leaders, the plans ultimately failed in Netanyahu’s case and are heading in the same direction in Trump’s.

Israelis saw through the smoke and mirrors show and reelected Netanyahu. Americans should do the same with regard to Trump in 2020.

Witch Hunts

A recent article in the Jewish Press provides an excellent analysis of some of the potential problems with the charges against Netanyahu. The article also describes the alleged “game plan” against Netanyahu by his opponents and some in the media, stating:

“Netanyahu has been prime minister since 2009, and his opposition is frustrated to the point of hysteria. They have been unable to defeat him by the normal political processes, so it seems that they have chosen to tie him down with multiple legal threads, as the Lilliputians did to Gulliver, and stone him to death with innuendos. Bibi [Netanyahu] claims, and I think he is essentially correct in this, that pressure from media and the legal establishment—groups that are largely opposed to him—forced the hand of the Attorney General in deciding to move forward toward indictment.

“Just as Israel’s enemies wish to destroy international sympathy for Israel by demonization and delegitimization, Netanyahu’s enemies hope to fracture his political support before the election.”

There are striking similarities between what Netanyahu has been forced to endure and what Trump endures on a daily basis.

Like Netanyahu, Trump has been the unfortunate victim of multiple witch hunts by those on the left and their media mouthpieces. These “witch hunts” range from a two-year-long investigation into alleged collusion with Russia to a demand for six years of Trump’s personal and business tax returns, and document requests from 81 different people and companies.

The nexus linking all these “investigations” appears to be a deep-rooted desire by congressional Democrats to bring down a duly elected president and remove him from office.

Ironically, their efforts appear to be backfiring. Most notably, the Mueller investigation that Democrats hoped would establish “Russia collusion” failed miserably.

Furthermore, Attorney General William Barr “has assembled a ‘team’ to investigate the origins of the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign,” according to Fox News.

Moreover, Barr recently indicated that “spying did occur” against the Trump campaign in 2016. As a result, what started out as an effort to delegitimize a duly elected president could turn out to be the spark that brings down the true perpetrators of this attempted coup.

Voter Impact

Trump and Netanyahu’s opponents and some of their media cohorts have made every effort to remove them from office and destroy their reelection efforts. In doing so, however, they failed to consider the impact that their conduct would have on the voters.

In Israel, the voters apparently rejected the allegations against Netanyahu and elected him for a fifth term. In essence, they either felt that the allegations were untrue, politically motivated, or simply less important than electing Netanyahu at such a critical time.

According to NBC News, those who voted for Netanyahu likely viewed him “as indispensable to the security and prosperity of the nation” given his many accomplishments.

U.S. voters should do the same. They should reject the obvious and vicious partisan witch hunts by the left against Trump. They should send a message that intentionally and viciously “targeting” a duly elected leader for no legitimate reason and with no legal basis will not be tolerated. They should look at their paychecks, the economy, the job market, the country’s security, the tax breaks they are receiving, and the fact that the United States is respected again around the world when deciding who to vote for.

The Israelis sent a loud and clear message when they reelected Netanyahu. Americans should do the same for Trump come 2020.

Elad Hakim is a writer, commentator, and attorney. His articles have been published in The Washington Examiner, The Daily Caller, The Federalist, The Western Journal, American Thinker, and other online publications.  

Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

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