Benjamin Netanyahu has formally been charged under corruption charges. After his only strong contender Benny Gantz, the former military chief could not find the majority to put a government together, this is the only way, Netanyahu’s dictatorship can be brought down in Israel.
Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu is the longest-serving premier of Israel.
He is suspected to have wrongfully accepted $264,000 worth of gifts, which prosecutors have said include cigars and champagne, from tycoons and of dispensing favors in alleged bids for improved coverage by Israel’s biggest-selling newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth, and the Walla website.
Announced by Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, this decision is being seen as the first of its kind against a serving Israeli prime minister. The indication suggests charges of bribery, breach of trust and fraud as well.
It is worth noting that Netanyahu still does not have any obligation of resigning from his office, even if he is charged.
However, this development does make the future of Israel uncertain as citizens are in loss of a trustworthy and credible future leader, and two inconclusive elections are already staring in their faces.
A third election is slated soon.
Strangely, the long-held leader of Israel has been receiving open acknowledgment and support from the US.
In a decisive break with international consensus, Trump has got it declared that the US now rejects a 1978 State Department legal opinion that deemed Israeli settlements in the West Bank “inconsistent with international law.”
This gives more weight to the initial assertion that Netanyahu would annex the West Bank, something that the Palestinians are completely against. They are now in their right to wash hands off America for any reasonable support to the Palestinians.
Political analysts believe that indictment could be the only way, Israel might look for a fresh face as its future leader, and not have Netanyahu after all.
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