March 1, 2019
It has looked before as though Bibi was going down, so I’m not going to hold my breath on this.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be indicted on bribery and breach of trust charges arising from three separate corruption investigations, pending a hearing, Israel’s attorney general announced Thursday evening.
The announcement, so close to April’s general election, marks a dramatic moment in Israeli politics and is a major blow to Netanyahu as he seeks a fifth term in office.
He has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, denouncing the investigations as a media-led witch hunt. In a prime time broadcast shortly after the announcement, Netanyahu blamed the left for pressuring Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit — a Netanyahu appointee — to issue an indictment.
“The left understands that they will not beat me at the ballot box,” Netanyahu said. “They exerted extraordinary pressure on the attorney general to issue an indictment even though there is nothing, in order to influence the elections and to crown a left-wing government.”
If Bibi does go down, that would really throw a wrench into the works of the entire neocon project in the Middle East.
The Israeli liberals are still warmongers, but they are warmonger-lite. Despite appearances, their agenda is significantly less insane, when it comes to launching wars of aggression against their neighbors. It isn’t non-insane, but it is less so.
Furthermore, the Kushner Plan – which appears to be a plan to establish “Greater Israel” – is based on working with Bibi. Who knows what a liberal Jew leader would think of this kooky agenda. I don’t know.
It’s possible things would end up in the same place that they are now, but it would be a major disrupt.