In the midst of their current crisis, a U.S.-born Israeli author
and former politician thinks the people of Israel are turning back
On January 22, Israelis will go to the polls to elect the 19th
Knesset, which promises to be much more conservative body than the
current legislature. The continued threat from Iran and other
Islamic states that have grown increasingly hostile toward the
Jewish state precipitated the move to the right.
Rubin is the former mayor of the Israeli town of Shiloh and author
Islamic Tsunami: Israel and America in the Age of Obama.
He says the Israeli people are also moving back toward the God of
"We are slowly rediscovering the whole concept of the chosen
people, the chosen nation -- that we're supposed to be a light unto
the nations," Rubin accounts. "The return of a people to its land
after 2,000 years of dispersion, of exile from their land is not a
coincidence of nature."
And Rubin believes the United States has had a role in Israel's
return to its rightful place among the nations.
"If America loses that connection with Israel, then I think that
America is going to be going downhill," the author warns. "And it's
going to continue this downhill trend that the re-election of
[President Barack] Obama is just a symptom of."
He adds that the right-of-center parties expected to win next
year's elections are more respectful of Jewish traditions.