Nov 20, 2019
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was indicted Thursday on multiple counts of corruption.
Netanyahu was charged with bribery, fraud, and breach of trust, according toCNN.
Arab American Institute founder James Zogby pointed out that Netanyahu's record as Israel's leader has been filled with criminal activity and misbehavior aimed primarily at the Palestinian people.
"Netanyahu has made a career being a malignant dissembler," said Zogby. "He's been a lying, thieving, serial violator of international law and Palestinian human rights."
"None of that mattered in Israel," Zogby continued. "But corruption with state funds and bribery--too much to take."
\u201cFascinating. Netanyahu has made a career being a malignant dissembler. He\u2019s been a lying, thieving, serial violator of international law & Palestitiam human rights. None of that mattered in Israel. But corruption w/ state funds & bribery - too much to take https://t.co/U16uByXIaA\u201d— James J. Zogby (@James J. Zogby) 1574355896
The charges come as Netanyahu faces a third election in a year.
But, as The New York Times pointed out, the third time may not be the charm for Netanyahu, whose political career may now be over:
Mr. Netanyahu is not legally required to step down. But with Israel's political system already in uncharted territory, having failed to settle upon a new prime minister despite two elections and three attempts at forming a government since April, the criminal case against him could make it far more difficult for him to retain power.
Netanyahu's opponent, former IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, is himself hardly innocent, argued Freedom Forward executive director Sunjeev Bery.
"In a more just world, both Netanyahu and Benny Gantz would face justice for their crimes of occupation and apartheid," said Bery. "But these corruption charges for Netanyahu are certainly a start."
\u201c1. His politics: Corrupt.\n\n2. His policies: Morally bankrupt.\n\nIn a more just world, both @Netanyahu and @GantzBE would face justice for their crimes of occupation and apartheid.\n\nBut these corruption charges for Netanyahu are certainly a start.\n\nhttps://t.co/2asFx4lEW9\u201d— Sunjeev Bery (@Sunjeev Bery) 1574355446
The Times noted that Netanyahu is the first sitting prime minister in Israeli history to be indicted, which Yohanan Plesner, president of the Israel Democracy Institute, saw as a political problem.
"We've seen consistently that a big majority of the public, about two-thirds, do not think a prime minister can serve and at the same time try to clear his name in court," said Plesner.
The Atlantic's Adam Serwer made the connection between Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump, who is facing an increasingly hostile impeachment probe.
"Racism and nationalism are so often refuges for the venal and crooked, because they set chauvinist perceptions of ethnic loyalty and betrayal as the standard for corruption rather than actual corruption," tweeted Serwer.
We're optimists who believe in the power of informed and engaged citizens to ignite and enact change to make the world a better place.
We're hundreds of thousands strong, but every single supporter counts.
Your contribution supports this new media model—free, independent, and dedicated to uncovering the truth. Stand with us in the fight for social justice, human rights, and equality. As a people-powered nonprofit news outlet, we cover the issues the corporate media never will. Join with us today!
Our work is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). Feel free to republish and share widely.
We've had enough. The 1% own and operate the corporate media. They are doing everything they can to defend the status quo, squash dissent and protect the wealthy and the powerful. The Common Dreams media model is different. We cover the news that matters to the 99%. Our mission? To inform. To inspire. To ignite change for the common good. How? Nonprofit. Independent. Reader-supported. Free to read. Free to republish. Free to share. With no advertising. No paywalls. No selling of your data. Thousands of small donations fund our newsroom and allow us to continue publishing. Can you chip in? We can't do it without you. Thank you.