Yesterday the Likud central committee agreed to merge their party list with that of Israel Beitanu (Israel Our Home) for the upcoming elections scheduled on January 22, 2013. The merger of these two nationalist parties is seen as a major political victory for Prime Minister Bibi (Benjamin) Netanyahu to strengthen his position to lead the country. Israel Beitanu is led by Avigdor Liberman, the current Foreign Minister.
“Today we are voting for a strong Likud and a strong prime minister,” Netanyahu told the crowd to applause. “The union will allow us to continue leading with strength [and] keep our party national and liberal – for Ashkenazim and Sephardim; traditional, religious and secular; new immigrants and old; minorities and majority; because Likud is everyone’s home.”
Netanyahu referred to rumors that Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman would succeed him, saying, “I heard talk of inheritances in recent days.”
“I have news for everyone: I plan to lead Israel for many more years, as will Likud,” he added. (emphasis mine)
Naturally speaking, this merger does not bode well for the Messianic community in Israel of believers in Yeshua/Jesus as Messiah; but, on the other hand, our God can use what may seem right in the sight of man to begin to open his eyes to spiritual realities. Pride comes before a fall.
“Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit”, declares YHVH of Hosts! Israel’s hope is realized in the one to whom the kingdom belongs:
“A ruin, a ruin, I will make it. This also will be no more until He comes whose right it is, and I will give it to Him!” (Ezek 21:27 Eng; Gen 49:10; Ps 2)
The true heir of Israel’s leadership is Yeshua. (Mt 21:38; Mk 12:7; Lk 20:14) Even so, Come, Lord Jesus!