Israel Election Cliffhanger: Bibi and Benny Deadlocked! David Rubin (Former Mayor of Shiloh) Provides Commentary!

Israel Election Cliffhanger: Bibi and Benny Deadlocked!

Both looking to Make a Deal with Liberman to Win.

David Rubin (Former Mayor of Shiloh, West Bank) Comments!


 These questions and answers are post-election!


  1. This election appears to be Groundhog’s day all over again. Last April there was virtually a tie between Prime Minister Netanyahu and former

    David Rubin Answer:
    Defense Minister Benny Gantz but the two were unwilling to form a governing coalition due to ideological and personal differences. Netanyahu is center-right and Gantz is center-left. But the key player here again is Avigdor Liberman who refused to budge last time, forcing Netanyahu to call for snap elections. The world is waiting to see if he budges this time


2. Can you explain to our viewers/listeners the difference between the Israeli form of government and the U.S. government?

David Rubin Answer:
Of course. Israel has a rather unwieldy parliamentary system with a whole bunch of smaller parties. It’s a system in which the leader of the most popular party must form a majority coalition by appealing to smaller parties that will join his coalition. Of the smaller parties, Liberman’s was a ‘major minority.’


3. What are Netanyahu’s options in cutting a deal with Liberman?

David Rubin Answer:
He and Liberman have had a very shaky relationship in the past and if he were to cut a deal with Liberman, it would likely involve secularizing the government, cutting out the religious factions and requiring the Ultra-Orthodox to be included in mandatory military service. Also, while Liberman is considerably more conservative than Netanyahu, he is willing to coalesce with the Arab bloc that largely views Jews as their enemy, in order to oust Netanyahu.

4. What are likely options for governing coalitions? Couldn’t Liberman kiss and makeup, cut a deal, and join Netanyahu?

David Rubin Answer:
 If Liberman joins a Netanyahu government, the coalition would be more aggressive against Iran and the terrorist organizations and might declare Israeli sovereignty over Judea and Samaria (the so-called West Bank), as well. However, if Netanyahu has to bring in a left-wing party to make a majority coalition, there would be constant dissension within the coalition.


5.  You have a new book out. Where can people get a copy of your book, “Trump and the Jews”?

  David Rubin Answer:

They may go to and simply type in the words, “Trump and the Jews”.


Biography of David Rubin: 


David Rubin, former Mayor of Shiloh Israel, is the author of the book, “Trump and the Jews”. Rubin is the founder and president of Shiloh Israel Children’s Fund, established after he and his then three-year-old son were wounded in a terror attack. He can be found at or at


Thank you to David Rubin for his participation in this second Q&A. You can purchase his book on via this link. 

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