There are two doors at the entrance to the prime minister's study at his Jerusalem bureau, an internal one and an external one, separated by a small lobby. At the end of that lobby lies the sanctuary of the State of Israel. The place where the most important decisions are made, often decisions of life and death.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is currently spending his third term in that room, may discover that this decision to call new elections could end this chapter in his career.
From many aspects, the prime minister's next term, any prime minister, may be the most decisive and critical in the history of the State of Israel. The question is not protecting the lives of the citizens of the State of Israel against the rising wave of terror which may, by the way, reach its peak in three years' time, on the 50th anniversary of the liberation – or occupation – of Judea, Samaria and what used to be the Gaza region.
The problem is not even Hezbollah or Hamas. The problem is the rise of the Islamic wave almost all over the world, and definitely in Europe and in the Middle East. The United States and European countries are demonstrating weakness in the face of the rising wave of Islam flooding every good spot and slowly taking over countries, and in the future over continents as well.
This wave includes hundreds of millions of Muslims. Only a small part of them are actually involved in the takeover, but these are alarming numbers.
The residents of the State of Israel are familiar with this picture. They understand what it's about. So the question which will have to be decided in the coming years is how to live and how to be a desert island within a Muslim ocean.
It must be clear to all decision makers in the State of Israel, and definitely to the state's eight million residents, that we are talking about survival conditions. It will be hard to stop the Muslim wave, most of whose participants are passive, but in this case the quantity turns into quality.
This isn't an imminent danger. It will be our grandchildren and great grandchildren's problem, not ours. But a prime minister who knows what's what must start preparing the state for this big challenge now. A sensible prime minister, an honorable statesman, does concern himself with issues like Yair Lapid and a zero-VAT law, but looks to the future in the next 10-20 years. A weapon, for example, which is decided on today, will only be operational in six, 10 of 15 years from now.
In the State of Israel there are quite a few people today who question the ability to resist and survive a wave of hundreds of millions flooding wide parts of the world, and State of Israel, with its territory, does not pose a major challenge for them.
It's almost clear to everyone that in the current situation and ahead of the future we will have to find a "work roster" which will allow us to live in peace alongside neighbors which are extremely hostile today, but may become good and generous neighbors. The solution, therefore, must be a diplomatic one.
The problem facing any Israeli prime minister elected in the upcoming elections is that the number of citizens who believe in the power of God and in miracles is increasing. They too think that logic is in favor of the Muslim wave, but they increasingly believe that "the Lord's strong hand is victorious," "the avenging God will show himself," etc.
They have forgotten long ago that the rabbis and greatest sages of Israel said that the different evacuation and disengagement plans "will never happen," and were amazed to discover that their faith is one thing and the evacuation is a different thing.
God did not hear the warnings of the rabbis and great righteous. They were evacuated, and the evacuation and disengagement created an educational, spiritual and religious rift among many of the believers, but time took its course and almost healed the wounds.
And here's a short reminder: The IDF evacuated the southern Lebanon arena at the time after hundreds of women and children were sent by Hezbollah to march opposite the South Lebanon Army's posts. Ehud Barak as defense minister and Gabi Ashkenazi as Northern Command chief watched this happening from the command chief's room and didn't know exactly how to stop this human wave.
Countries larger than Israel – France, Belgium and Italy – have yet to find the solution for the problem of the big Islamic wave. The Israeli prime minister elected in the next elections will have to find the right solution which will allow the eight million residents of the State of Israel to continue their lives calmly and peacefully.