One bribery charge out of three cases against Netanyahu

In a dramatic televised speech on Thursday night, Feb. 28, Binyamin Netanyahu pledged to serve Israel as prime minister for years to come after the charges against him collapse “like a house of cards.” Attorney general Avihai Mendelblit had just released his rulings on the three police probes against Netanyahu. All three accused him of fraud and breach of trust and one of bribery – favorable press coverage for the prime minister on a website owned by Shaul Alovitch, the largest shareholder in Bezeq telecom, in exchange for regulatory benefits for the company.

Before he gets his day in court to defend himself, or presents his side of the case to the attorney general, the prime minister faces an election on April. 9. This entire legal process could take months. Until then he is a “suspect.” However, the AG chose to publish the charges 40 days before the election, which Netanyahu’s Likud denounced as “flagrant interference” in the democratic process.  Netanyahu accused his enemies of long persecution and a witch hunt to bring him and his right-wing government down after failing to overthrow him at the polling booth.

Following the prime minister’s address to the nation, two of his leading opponents went on camera to demand that he step down forthwith. Former prime minister and Labor leader Ehud Barak accused the attorney general of dealing too leniently with the Netanyahu’s offences, while opposition Blue-White leader Benny Gantz, who is challenging the Likud leader for election, lavished Brutus-like praise but advised him to step down before he is beaten.

The AG’s 55-page document appears to criminalize the prime minister for choosing officials willing and able to carry forth his policies or any other kinds of machinations which are par for the course for politicians. In the case of Netanyahu, favors were dispensed but no money changed hands, in return for favorable press coverage. Will  this conduct stand up in court as criminal bribery? It would be hard to find any politician who has not solicited a publisher, an op-ed writer or reporter for favorable coverage with offers of benefits.

Trump called him a great prime minister and said he does a great job. Netanyahu returned from Moscow early Thursday after an amicable meeting with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

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22 thoughts on “One bribery charge out of three cases against Netanyahu

  • Feb 28, 2019 @ 23:05 at 23:05
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    Regardless of whether he is guilty or not, PM Netanyahu refuses to obey the laws of the Torah by not asking the “palestinians” to leave Israel permanently. Those who refuse to live by the Seven Laws of Noah are not welcome in Israel and should eventually be driven out one way or another. In my opinion there is plenty of money available to help them relocate to other Arab nations. It is great to have good relations with foreign countries, however Israel comes first. I am quite sure that if G-d forbid one of his children was injured or killed by a terrorist, that he would be much more serious about getting rid of them. The situation in Gaza is terrible. Crops have been destroyed and the pollution from the burning tires and sewage in the Mediterranean Sea is disgusting.

    • Mar 1, 2019 @ 19:15 at 19:15
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      Netanyahu has fought far tougher challenges than these Political Obstacle and has just been given great news. The so-called tough and heavily armed Hezbollah Shiia Terrorist Army is all of a sudden in a Panic now that the United Kingdom as outlaw its Political Wing. Hezbollah about having hurt the feelings of many of its Local Terrorist Followers.

      The Hezbollah Shiia that was created by Iran’s Shiia Regime has been caught in another misusing “Praising Allah Lying” when it claimed it had with No Designs on Violence? Looks like Allah has provided the Wisdom to expose and condemn Hezbollah for insulting the Lebanese People before the world again.
      Inshallah!

    • Mar 2, 2019 @ 19:13 at 19:13
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      You have to wonder what bribes and or favors have been offered to get this publicized before the elections to try and interfere with the results.

  • Mar 1, 2019 @ 0:32 at 0:32
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    What a waste of time when there are so many other important problems in Israel and in such a dangerous neighborhood. Leftist lawmakers and judges are deranged.

    • Mar 1, 2019 @ 1:06 at 1:06
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      Agree. They dont care or have a naive outlook. Either way, this is counter-productive and will end in an acquittal, should it even get that far. Its total rubbish.

    • Mar 1, 2019 @ 2:14 at 2:14
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      Really they should ignore corruption for the good of the country. That is the dumbest logic

  • Mar 1, 2019 @ 1:09 at 1:09
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    This is just another set up. Even if this is true, these hypocrites are holding Netanyahu up to a different standard.

    I would definitely be voting for Bibi, especially after this.

  • Mar 1, 2019 @ 1:32 at 1:32
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    The discussed issue demonstrates me again and again that Israel is a great really democratic country where citizens can criticise and even accuse its leader.

  • Mar 1, 2019 @ 2:10 at 2:10
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    I bet Obama’s laughing just a little bit.

    • Mar 2, 2019 @ 2:45 at 2:45
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      Yeah he didn’t let you guys get away with the land grabs.

  • Mar 1, 2019 @ 2:11 at 2:11
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    Prime Minister Netanyahu, you are the best leader Israel has ever had.
    May those who enviously seek your demise be cast down in shame.
    Zion yesterday,
    Zion today,
    Zion forever!

    • Mar 1, 2019 @ 3:37 at 3:37
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      IN THESE TIMES ISRAEL NEEDS LIKUD
      THERE IS ONLY ONE LIKUD PARTY, WITH NETANYAHU ITS CHAIRPERSON
      IN CONCLUSION ISRAEL NEEDS NETANYAHU

      (hey, it is really simple! but, you only have to think a little)

      • Mar 1, 2019 @ 3:46 at 3:46
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        so if he got hit by a bus Israel would end?

    • Mar 1, 2019 @ 5:46 at 5:46
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      Israel does not know the benefits of Bibi. Their enemies are watching. Well try blue white and then later try orange black….. 😁

  • Mar 1, 2019 @ 2:13 at 2:13
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    Bibi and Trump are cut from the same cloth.

  • Mar 1, 2019 @ 2:21 at 2:21
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    If not proven, not guilty. I am voting for BIBI.

    • Mar 1, 2019 @ 10:02 at 10:02
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      There wont be a result until after the election. This is why its wrong. Its a set up to smear Bibi in the election.

  • Mar 1, 2019 @ 3:44 at 3:44
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    Trump, Netanyahoo, Maduro, and all the other populists leaders are the same cloth. In the case of BN he governs a country in a constant existential fight. So why would he take a few hundred alleged G on the side. Whose side is he really on?

  • Mar 1, 2019 @ 10:04 at 10:04
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    “Tich Tack Bibi!” Yeah, if they get him on this charge, it will be for EVERY PM that follows him. It is total BS and will backfire.

    • Mar 1, 2019 @ 12:41 at 12:41
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      Any way, it’s time to say goodbye BiBi!

  • Mar 1, 2019 @ 16:14 at 16:14
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    Breaking – Elizabeth Warren says allegations against Netanyahu ‘cut to the heart of a functioning democracy’ SNAP

  • Mar 2, 2019 @ 16:57 at 16:57
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    Nothing like muddying the waters before an election. It appears to be just that and attempt to discredit Netanyahu for the April 9th elections. Using the system to destroy your opponents appears to be not only an American game, but Israel is topping out with it’s own version…

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