While the Middle East is changing faster than ever and many regimes are falling, our government maintains its stability and strength. The current government – which was elected in a democratic, just and free process – is starting its fourth and last year of term. This month (April 2012), the current government is celebrating three years in office.
Many people claim that Israel’s political system is unstable, but reality begs to differ. Today’s heads of the state of Israel have to deal with major, complicated issues and the decisions they make are crucial to the future existence of Israel and of the Jewish people. Despite the hard times, our government seems to be more stable than most of the governments in our history and in the whole world. This stability indicates the strength of our society and our national resilience.
During its difficult term, our government did many positive things, as mentioned in the speech of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Here are some of them:
Firstly, Israel led massive sanctions on Iran and convinced the international community to take part in it. In doing so, Israel managed to hurt the strength and stability of the Iranian economy, thus peacefully hurting its military nuclear plan.
Moreover, Israel has been willing to negotiate with the Palestinians throughout the whole term and did not require prerequisites.
In addition, the government dealt very well with the “Social Justice” protest during the summer. We can already see the positive changes that the government led after the protest, such as: implementation of free kindergarten education from age 3; a major reduction in cellular phone bills; an expansion of free TV services; first year free of charge at the universities in Jerusalem and in peripheral towns, etc.
The economical achievements of this government include a 4.7% growth in the size of the economy, an incensement of Israel’s credit rating to AA and the lowest unemployment rate in decades.
In short, Israel proved again that it is the most stable, successful, and democratic state in the Middle East.