Since the New Moon on March 15 the Middle East has been in the news more than usual. We’ve had the aftermath of the Iraqi elections, where no party has had a decisive victory, and we’ve also had a crisis in Jerusalem, relating to Jewish settlements on the East side of the City.
The settlements issue is important because it is straining relations between Israel and its main ally, the United States, and inevitably there’s been strong focus on Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister.
Benjamin Netanyahu has a reputation for being pretty hard-line, and there seems to be a certain antipathy between him and some of the figures in Barack Obama’s administration. So at first sight it might come as a surprise that he’s a Libran, who was born on October 21 1949.
However as I’ve said on several occasions, there are two types of Libran politician, the tough and the nice. Strong Librans include Margaret Thatcher, Vladimir Putin and Silvio Berlusconi. Nice Librans include Jimmy Carter and probably David Cameron, the leader of the British Opposition. Tough Librans are successful in politics, nice Librans tend to be failures. I think we can safely categorise Benjamin Netanyahu as a tough Libran – his political career has at times been controversial, but he has maintained the support of the Israeli right.
Successful Librans understand what makes other people tick, and in terms of politics, they know how to keep their supporters sweet. Tough, uncompromising words are always popular, and people like Benjamin Netanyahu realise that you can’t please everyone.
Looking at Benjamin Netanyahu’s Indian horoscope, it seems that we’re dealing with someone who really is very tough and very resilient. Assuming he is born in the late morning, he probably has, in his Indian horoscope, a Mars-Saturn conjunction in the Tenth House. This combination is very gritty, and he is not someone to be underestimated.
Having said that, he is clearly under a lot of pressure. At the moment Saturn is probably moving through the same house as his Moon, meaning that he is in the middle of ‘sadhesati’, a turbulent, seven-year period which started in 2006 and ends in 2014. Yet he became Prime Minister for the second time in his political career during this sadhesati period, so perhaps he can deal with it.
In terms of America’s relationship with Israel, I think Obama has to be very careful. Benjamin Netanyahu, being a successful Libran, has got his finger on the pulse, and he might understand America better than Obama realises. Besides, with the approaching Jupiter-Saturn opposition, people like Netanyahu will flourish, and people like the ideallistic supporters of Obama will struggle. It’s a tough world out there, and Netanyahu knows it!
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