Are there lessons for Israel in Johnson’s huge election victory?

The differences between elections in the UK and Israel are self-evident. Yet certain features stand out. The British opinion polls, for one, got it totally wrong when they showed opposition Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn on Wednesday fast closing the gap with Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives. On Thursday, Dec. 12, Johnson won a whacking 80-seat majority in the House on his promise to deliver Brexit. The pundits who predicted a defeat for Johnson were forced to admit they had missed the average British voter’s overriding mood. It was governed by a yearning for normal, stable government and a prime minister assured of a full term in office so as to end the political mess and uncertainties long plaguing the country over the Brexit controversy. This yearning was missed by the pundits, the pollsters and Jeremy Corbyn. The day after, he faced a party revolt against his leadership while Johnson presented his One-Nation government to the Queen.

Israel’s political players bear no resemblance to their British counterparts and their electoral systems are different. Still, a couple of points may be instructive.

  1. The opinion polls published in Israel uniformly predict that the stalemate between the two main political camps will persist after the March 2, 2020 election, the third in a year. The British pollsters were wrong, as were their American counterparts over Donald Trump’s 2016 election. So maybe the coming election in Israel will also be a surprise.
  2. The same old campaign slogans with which opposition leaders hammer again and again for defeating Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the ruling Likud no longer resonate. Talk of “immunity from prosecution” and pledges to “cure the country’s ills” elicits yawns.
  3. Netanyahu, under indictment for corruption and sustained assault on his character, is undeniably in poor shape to take the lead of a successful election campaign. One of his close associates, MK David Biton commented this week that this was his last chance. He may be right.
  4. At the same time, public opinion was also tested this week on its view on the legal system, in view of the lapses discovered in the probes against Netanyahu and his call for the legal authorities to be investigated themselves. One answer showed 56pc of those canvassed favored or strongly supported the setting up of such an inquiry panel, while 26 were against.
    Asked whether their faith in the legal authorities was stronger after the events of the past year, 49pc said it was weaker and 6.2pc claimed greater confidence in the system.
    Asked whether they favored establishing a nonpartisan body to inspect the state prosecution, 68.2pc of those canvassed replied in the affirmative, compared with 11.6pc who opposed it.

It these results are truly representative of public opinion, Netanyahu could gain by using this opinion trend to focus his campaign on a call to probe the functioning of the general attorney and state prosecution, which had raised questions before they decided to indict him last November. He will no doubt continue to be lambasted by the legal community and the media, but the effect on the voting public may be harder to predict.  

And lastly, just as PR experts advised Boris Johnson to distance himself from Donald Trump if he wants to win the election, Trump is being painted by certain political quarters in Israel as cooling towards Netanyahu. The prime minister, who has built the reputation of a statesman for whom important world doors stand open, is being depicted as cold-shouldered internationally. It will take time until March 2 to discover whether those experts and the pollsters got it right or were wrong once again.

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25 thoughts on “Are there lessons for Israel in Johnson’s huge election victory?

  • Dec 13, 2019 @ 16:26 at 16:26

    Debka bashing opinion polls in favour…. while using the same polls against… one script.????

    • Dec 13, 2019 @ 23:51 at 23:51

      Main difference between Israel and Britain is: In israel the main problem is Netanyahu which according to law must go to jail, but he try hard to go to prime minister office.

      • Dec 14, 2019 @ 5:28 at 5:28

        There is Brexit, and there is Palexit.
        For Palexit there is no need of vote, this is the essential difference!

  • Dec 13, 2019 @ 16:53 at 16:53

    The Indictments over Wine & Cigars has caused this Third Election Stalemate for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is the Political Reality. The UK Elections are an International Trend & looks to be Happening in America as well in 2020! Bibi will remain Formidable in my View especially if Outside Events step in Until Leaders start to realize they have to come together to Protect Israel over Political Egos. Reminds me of the Discontent among Kings Saul, David & Solomon & Beware of a Jezebel Emerging Hurting Israel in the End!

    • Dec 13, 2019 @ 17:13 at 17:13

      Yes it has some anomalies in whatever is written in here ; Johnson was minister , not really PM of GB ;
      Bibi is PM of Israel for 20 + years . No comparison between Bibi , that i will change to Bobo , and equal it to Bo -Boris , just slightly . They bought fought that invisible enemy within –one insanity , the other one Jail ;
      Looks like insane one won . Congrats . Maybe Bibi will show some insanity -how refreshing it could be.

      • Dec 13, 2019 @ 19:32 at 19:32

        BoJo of Troy, king of brutes. It’s like a dream, come true.

    • Dec 13, 2019 @ 19:33 at 19:33

      America’s Ahab & Jezebel began their 20 plus years of upending USA culture in Arkansas. God’s man Jehu ended Israel’s evil time with A & J. Britain has been relieved of Corbyn; America has gotten some time for correction with Trump. Bibi, Gods man of the hour for Israel likewise (even if not “Godly”).

      • Dec 14, 2019 @ 4:00 at 4:00

        @TVL… In Every Revolution There Is Always One Man With A Vision! Right Now, There Are 3 In Israel, America, & United Kingdom! Community Well Being Politics Is Trumping Over Globalists Elites Edicts!

      • Dec 15, 2019 @ 3:25 at 3:25


        POTUS Trump is not Jehu, he is the end-time Elijah preparing the way. The Spirit of Elijah is a play on words. All it means is the Spirit of the Almighty leading someone mightily. Examine the life of Elijah, and then look at the political life of POTUS Trump, and it is clear as day who the end-time Elijah is. Elijah stood up to the king and queen (establishment), Elijah stopped the rain (complete control of economy) Elijah challenged the FALSE prophets of baal (FALSE speaks for itself) and allowed them to take their best shot (where we are at currently), Elijah mocked and made fun of the FALSE prophets when they were losing (sound familiar), Elijah restored the altar (restoration/justice/rule of Law), Elijah had Israel seize the FALSE prophets and ordered them to let none escape, and finally Elijah slew the FALSE prophets.

        However, you are partially correct, since the Spirit of Elijah is involved with Jehu. The easiest way to understand this current time is to study the life of Elijah and Elisha, because that anointing is what is leading POTUS Trump, and it will continue with the next POTUS in 2024, whether it be Ivanka or Jared.

  • Dec 13, 2019 @ 17:27 at 17:27

    Boris Johnson won big taking on his own Conservatives that joined Corbyn’s Labour to stop the Will of the People on Brexit in 2016! President Trump is currently just Warming Up looking at the DOJ-FBI FISA Violations in the Face of Democrats & Media against him. Investigating the Investigators will impact on his 2020 Not just Non-Due Process Impeachment! Bibi will learn from both Boris & Don by challenging and uncovering the Corruption of the Due Process Violation of Rights by Law Enforcement that is also Vulnerable now! Bibi must go after the own Supporters of the Attorney General & his Underlings. The Most Dangerous Man in this World is when he put in a position with nothing to lose! We shall see if Bibi does it!

    • Dec 14, 2019 @ 0:15 at 0:15

      What you are saying is key. The investigators must be investigated. leftist-globalist forces have infiltrated and corrupted the world.

  • Dec 13, 2019 @ 17:58 at 17:58

    Freedom loving people are feed up with the left’s constant attacks on their right and what we are seeing is the change in the direction of the political pendulum. It started with the Brexit vote and the election of President trump in the US. Boris Johnson is further proof that Globalis is not what the people want and that truth is manifest in the voting results not the political polls that are done to please one group or another into sending more money on their polls! Flattery will get you rich in politics.

    • Dec 13, 2019 @ 19:17 at 19:17

      Yes i see and that its almost always Ashkenazi at the heart of the Globalization problem is just a coincidence? Or for that matter that the President Trump fake impeachment process is almost exclusively Ashkenazi also just happens to be a coincidence? Globalization has always been a Jewish created, controlled and run enterprise.

      • Dec 13, 2019 @ 19:31 at 19:31

        I don’t get you. In other comments of yours you say Ashkenazis are not real Jews, then you say that the world is ruled by Ashkenazis but at the end it is the Jews who rule it.
        So, to be clear, are Ashkenazis Jews or not? Seems like you have a bit of a mix-up here.

  • Dec 13, 2019 @ 19:42 at 19:42

    who is that hook nosed baby eating fckr shaking the hand of Brutus?

    • Dec 14, 2019 @ 0:46 at 0:46

      it’s the ghost of christmas past. Why do you ask?

    • Dec 14, 2019 @ 9:15 at 9:15

      It’s hook nosed nasrallah.

  • Dec 13, 2019 @ 20:54 at 20:54

    Brussels (AFP) – European leaders warned Friday that Britain could become a formidable rival?

  • Dec 13, 2019 @ 22:13 at 22:13

    The separation between the politician and the people have got so far apart they are confounded at the polls. Trump won to the complete surprise of the American politicians.

    • Dec 14, 2019 @ 14:13 at 14:13

      @LewisParker… The Mainstream Media lost its Independent Investigative Status and Citizen Journalism with Internet, Websites, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Streaming can now Fact Check Media Agenda, Bias, & Expose Complicity with Various Political Candidates, Parties, & Elections. New Global Communication Dawn!

  • Dec 14, 2019 @ 12:47 at 12:47

    Boris is a womaniser, but he may get engaged and married to that nice looking woman going into #10. Or will he just sleep with Carrie for a while? And then try another bunny?

  • Dec 14, 2019 @ 16:37 at 16:37

    Your average reader, Debka, no longer falls for the bs of “they got the polls wrong,” or “the pundits missed the mood of the average voter.” Those polls were just propaganda. Those pundits were paid propagandists.
    You really think, Debka, given your intelligence pedigree, your average reader never learns from past experience? ffs.

  • Dec 14, 2019 @ 17:18 at 17:18

    @Tommy… The Problem is seen in the Letters of Words. So-CIA-Lists? At best their economics make people stand in line for toilet paper & worst will arrests kill you!

  • Dec 15, 2019 @ 4:13 at 4:13

    the lesson? stay away from the EU 🙂

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