In the World of Election Broadcasts, English Is the Language of Israel's Enemies

In the 2009 election campaign, Avigdor Lieberman claimed that only he 'speaks' Arabic, therefore most equipped to face up to Israel's enemies. This time, the enemy resides in the White House and 10 Downing Street.

During the last election campaign in 2009, Yisrael Beiteinu ran under the slogan "only [Avigdor] Lieberman understands Arabic." Those were different times, when the radical left (led by Ehud Olmert) was in charge and there was concern that Israeli Arabs would throw us back into exile. In the election propaganda broadcasts of 2013, which began on Tuesday, Aryeh Eldad and Michael Ben Ari from the Otzma Le'yisrael party are the ones who understand Arabic; not only do they understand it, they also speak it.

But Arabic is apparently passe. Over the past four years, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Lieberman succeeded in defeating the Arab enemy, and they are taking on their next challenge - the entire world. Netanyahu expressed pride Tuesday in Israel's isolation, when he stood near a map of the country and asked for a third term as prime minister so that he could finish building a barrier along the country's borders. During a fourth term he is liable to also build a fence along the shoreline, and in his fifth term he'll add a roof and close a balcony.

Eldad and Ben Ari's broadcast is still mired in the concept that the Arabs are the enemy, but Netanyahu and the Likud see beyond that. After all, Israel's diplomatic isolation progressed significantly under Netanyahu and now the enemies are all those foreign leaders who condemned us and reprimanded our ambassadors. The threat is from the United Nations, from the White House, from 10 Downing Street, from the Elysee Palace, and even from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who didn't vote against the state of Palestine.

To fight an international enemy you have to speak its language, and indeed, the leaders of Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu and Habayit Hayehudi Tuesday addressed the world in its language - English. Habayit Hayehudi's broadcast showed chairman Naftali Bennett promoting Israeli policy in fluent English on CNN (a certified Amalekite broadcast network ) while the Likud presented a clip from a determined Netanyahu address to the U.S. Congress, in the very heart of hostile Washington. These were not brief parts of the videos, but took up a substantial portion of them, and it's no coincidence. Right-wing voters have apparently internalized that the Western world wishes us ill, and the propaganda broadcasts of the right-wing parties are trying to show us that there's someone who can take them on. Only Netanyahu understands English. And so does Bennett.

Olivier Fitoussi