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Netanyahu Faces Indictment on 3 Counts

by Oui Thu Nov 21st, 2019 at 07:47:57 PM EST

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu is one of many rightwing leaders to face accusation or charges of corruption. Some of his close political friends Israel relies on ...

Donald Trump, U.S. President
Vladimir Putin, President Russia
Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine (also close to Pereshenko}
Andrzej Duda, Poland
Viktor Orbán, Hungary
Mohammad Salman, Crown-prince Saudi Arabia
Narendra Modi, India
Paul Kagame, President Rwanda

A-G Manderbilt: It is my duty by law to indict Benjamin Netanyahu | JPost |

Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit announced his final indictment on Thursday against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, making him the first prime minister in Israeli history to be indicted while still in office.
Bezeq and Walla! owner Shaul Elovitch and his wife, Iris, were also indicted for bribery and obstruction of justice. In addition, the owner of Yediot Ahronot, Arnon Nuni Mozes, was indicted for bribery.

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The indictment decision could alter the course of negotiations over forming a new government and who will be the new prime minister in the current 21 days Knesset process on the issue.

The attorney-general ultimately indicted Netanyahu for bribery in Case 4000, the Bezeq-Walla! Affair, for breach of public trust in Case 1000, the Illegal Gifts Affair and for breach of public trust in Case 2000, the Yediot Ahronot-Yisrael Hayom Affair.

The biggest moving pieces had been what the charge would be in Case 4000 and whether Case 2000 would remain a breach of trust charge as in Mandelblit's initial February announcement, or whether it would be closed.

Ultimately, the decision to indict Netanyahu for bribery is the most decisive one.

It means that his trial will be in a district court, known for being tougher than magistrate's courts and that he could face a potential jail sentence of years instead of months or mere community service.

Preliminary announcement ...

Contrary to the American continent, at least in Israel the judicial can function independently as a virtue of a democratic state. Notwithstanding the many faults the State of Israel has over the 72 years of its existence. The US Congress is a farce and the political appointments of federal judges leads to a failed state.

Related reading, the Netanyahu-Milchan link from espionage and theft of klystrons to the present bribery accusation ....

Milchan testifies to providing staff 'carte blanche' to lavish PM, wife with gifts | Ynet News -  Nov. 2017 |
Rafi Eitan: Israel's Notorious Spymaster, Deconstructed | Tikun Olam |
Spying on an Ally - Rewarding the President of Israel

Refuses to step down as caretaker Prime Minister of Israel. As I recall Netanyahu had suggested if indicted, he would step down. Against all odds he wants to cling to power as indictment had been repeatedly been delayed. AG Manderbilt did not want to indict a sitting PM. However two elections failed to establish a new coalition Government. Time has run out ... against all odds Netanyahu clings to power, hoping he will survive by immunity from prosecution. What I read now is the leaders of opposition parties are sharpening their knives. Will Netanyahu's leadership within Likud come under attack? It would be time for this PM to do some jail time.

by Oui on Fri Nov 22nd, 2019 at 03:45:00 PM EST
This is a critical year for the prospect of any semblance democracy in Israel. Netanyahu, like Trump, Putin, Orban, Kim, Xi, and Modi indulge in a crude populist nationalism while engaging in systematic corruption that is incompatible with rule of law, the foundation of any real democracy. I am not an expert on Israeli society of politics, but I cannot see a single positive contribution Netanyahu has made to Israeli life.

I can only hope that Netanyahu is driven from his position, tried, convicted and sent to prison. I can also hope that his fall will be a harbinger of the fall of others sharing his evil character.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Nov 22nd, 2019 at 07:50:51 PM EST
by Oui on Wed Dec 18th, 2019 at 06:14:40 PM EST

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