THE Jewish Telegraph's recent Page One headline 'Doomsday coalition' was rather amusing.
Bibi Netanyahu is a highly- charismatic politician who is doing his level best for the state, but is always beset with conflicts from every shade of political and religious life.
During the Gaza conflict, someone else rose to prominence - Naftali Bennett. He is a self- made man, a wealthy business person who has been investing his energies within political life.
Very much a right-wing politician, he speaks primarily for a strong and viable state, independent of financial reliance from abroad.
He hopes for more building, the easing of conscription into the army for highly-observant Jews and is an ardent supporter of the programmes supporting aliya.
He's not altogether the most Orthodox member of the Knesset, but his traditional outlook and "Jews first" mentality has been rustling a few feathers internationally speaking.
We need him and as many as we can get who share his views.
Only a strong and healthy Israel, building on our own land and the need to openly defend our actions in the face of the world's offensive position against Israel will secure a future of prosperity and not the "doom" which the headline would have us believe.
Bennett distinguished himself superbly last year in front of the world's media circus and I hope his strident and purposeful positioning within the halls of power now will ensure Israel continues to benefit and grow as a result.
Without such conviction, the state will find itself unsustainable amid weaker parties' lame policies of appeasement and denial.
Far from the bleak view portrayed in this newspaper, we would be forgiven for rejoicing that the right-wing has prevailed and a firm response to our neighbours' demands are met with equal vigour.
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