I have to admit I was very pessimistic throughout this election day.
With all the knives out for Netanyahu and foreign money busing thousands of Arab students into polling stations, it was like a Yom Kippur War on all fronts, with ballots instead of bullets.
Well, that's democracy - you may well say.
But not when foreign governments and viscerally anti-Jewish fatcats and NGOs are blatantly undermining that democracy with public or tax-exempt funds.
I'm glad that the Republican senate has launched its inquiry to track this money back to its shadowy sources with subpoena powers. Let these folks be exposed for what they are: vile anti-Semites who cannot stand to see Israel thriving as a bold, secure and independent Jewish state.
There's no doubt in my mind that many Israelis changed their vote as a protest against this egregious foreign interference in their most prized process as the region's only true democracy.
Whatever the coalition endgame and whatever issues you may have with Bibi Netanyahu ... and I have a few of my own ... there can be no doubt that this man is a real fighter. And in the world's most dangerous neighborhood boldness and steely resolve is more important than ever.