“With the Flotilla incident, the continued Iranian threats and operation Pillar of Defense, and the Palestinians gaining their long-awaited U.N recognition- Israel’s external relations have faced a difficult road since the onset of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s second term in office. Undoubtedly, the outcome of the upcoming election set for 22 January 2013 will have long-term implications for the Jewish state,” according to the Political Bouillon
This month many voters throughout Israel will select the next Prime Minister and Knesset to lead the Israeli state. Although Prime Minister Netanyahu is widely expected to be re-elected again, there is an element of uncertainty concerning the makeup of the new Knesset. Israel’s parliamentary system, unlike the United States of America, is decorated with numerous political parties. The last Knesset had representatives from 18 different parties.
This fashions the necessity to shape coalition governments. Despite Israel’s internal political challenges, economically and militarily, this election has major implications for Israel’s near future. The new government will have to deal with an increasingly hostile Egyptian government headed by a member of the radical Muslim Brotherhood bent on Israel’s destruction, the ongoing bloody civil war in Syria, and the growing threat from a potentially nuclear armed Iran.
There appears to be a dramatic increase in poverty and hunger among Israeli citizens. There has been a concerted effort by Israel’s adversaries to encourage embargoes of Israeli goods and services. And along with the worldwide economic decline has made things very difficult for the Israeli economy. Additionally, the serious military threats Israel is currently facing have required massive investments in defensive technology like the Iron Dome missile defense system that protected many Israeli civilians during the outbreak of terrorist violence late in 2012.