Prime Minister Netanyahu’s very decisive win –meh on exit polls everywhere and forever, until we eagerly await their release mid-day on Election day 2016– was a much needed tonic for everyone in the West who prefers a robust national defense policy in every state of the coalition of free and democratic states.
The ongoing collapse of Western resolve in the “negotiations” with Iran, which of course signaled its real nature in its reaction to Netanyahu’s win, has worn down and demoralized many in the West who believe President Obama will fundamentally and forever undermine the ability to keep Iran from nuclear weapons and thus entrench the despotic regime in permanent place. Yesterday’s win for Likud suggests that even fin a country beset with middle class economic woes, national security rises up as the decisive issue when voters understand the basic security of the state is threatened.
That same recognition is growing in the United States, and the appearance of the hawks on both the Republican presidential trail and within the debate over the new GOP budget is a reassuring indication that American voters might follow the lead of those in Israel and approach their next election with a seriousness about the world that has been missing in the past two. In the last few months of the Obama years, Congress should be energetic in combatting the president’s unilateral laying down of the West’s arms and resolve. Tom Cotton and his 46 colleagues sent a letter that may be remembered as the turning point just as Netanyahu’s re-election will be an exclamation point in the renewing of resolve. Maybe even John Kerry will get a whiff of the new wind blowing and pack his bags in Geneva and announce that sanctions will stay in place unless and until the mullahs genuinely abandon their nuclear ambitions. We can hope. And Congress can direct that the U.S. ship arms to our friends in Ukraine and Kurdistan even as it fully funds the rebuilding of the Pentagon’s capacities.