Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu of Israel has recently managed to pour gasoline on the long-standing political swamp fires of Washington. Essentially, Netanyahu colluded with House Speaker John Boehner to schedule a speech in front of Congress that will attempt to derail American negotiations with Iran. Moreover, the White House was not informed prior to the scheduling of Netanyahu’s March 3 speech, making this a serious breach of the usual diplomatic protocol, especially as it falls just before the Israeli election. Republicans, who shamelessly manage to grandstand every issue with little attention to reality simply for the pleasure of attacking President Obama, now have the Prime Minister of Israel lending strength to their posturing. Unfortunately for Netanyahu, his antics have greatly diminished him in the eyes of many Americans, and many Israelis are also not happy about him injecting himself into American politics.
Astrologically, this is a difficult time for Netanyahu, and it is not clear that he will win his coming election. If he does manage a victory, he is nonetheless likely to be significantly weakened in some way. Currently, Saturn is stationary in a semisquare to his Moon (19Libra57) from February 8 through March 15. Though the Saturn transit will be waning by the time of the March 17 election, transiting Mars in opposition to Netanyahu’s Moon from March 16 to March 18 may be enough to give this stressful transit a final burst of potency.
In addition, transiting Uranus is quincunx Netanyahu’s Saturn (15Virgo24), itself under a long-standing square from progressed Chiron, from February 7 through March 18. Uranus here brings upsets and problematic surprises that involve Netanyahu’s tendency for rigid dogma and inflexible thinking (9th house Saturn). Moreover, transiting Pluto is currently trine to Netanyahu’s natal Saturn, from February 7 through May 11, bringing the tumultuous and difficult Uranus/Pluto square into direct contact with natal Saturn during the entire election period. And finally, transiting Saturn is presently quincunx natal Uranus (4Cancer58) from February 9 to March 14, suggesting that he feels trapped in some way, most likely relating to the intractable situation he has created with the March 3 speech. All of these stressful transits began as the opposition and anger over the speech gathered steam. That their impact continues well past the time of the speech itself, and, in fact, close to or past the March 17 election, does not bode well for Netanyahu.
The Tel Aviv Spring Equinox charts for 2014 and 2015 also point to sudden, strong shifts in the days leading up to and immediately after the election. Whether this indicates an actual change in leadership is not clear, but it is certainly possibly under these configurations. The 2014 chart, which has jurisdiction up until the March 21, 2015, Equinox, shows transiting Uranus, the planet of sudden, powerful and unexpected transformation, crossing the Descendant (15Aries20) for the final time on the day of the election. Within two days it moves into the last one-degree-orb of a square to the MC (16Cancer29), rendering this entire critical period one steeped in the potent feel of upheaval and change. As we move into the reign of the 2015 Spring Equinox chart, beginning in the early hours of March 21, we find Uranus conjunct the IC (16Aries09), waxing in potency through April 1. This again points to transformation and a powerful change in trajectory for Israel, characterized by swiftly moving events. The involvement of the IC suggests circumstances that impact the heart and soul of the people.
Netanyahu’s opponent in this race is the Leader of the Labor Party, Isaac Herzog, born September 22, 1960. His chart also points to rapid and powerful changes around the time of the election. Not only is the Uranus/Pluto square in hard aspect to his Mercury (16Libra26) and possibly his Moon ((16Libra58, at noon, local time), during this critical period, but his progressed Sun is currently square to natal Uranus (23Leo44), waxing approximately through May 2015, and triggered late on the night of the election by the transiting Moon. Thus, he is undergoing significant changes in his life which may well include a potent shift in his political status.
It seems very possible that Israel’s government will change direction in this upcoming election due to Netanyahu’s intransigence and narrow-mindedness (9th house Saturn) being severely impacted by the Uranus/Pluto square, as well as other adverse aspects. Nonetheless, how these complicated and diverse planetary aspects will actually play out remains to be seen.